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THE PILGRIM 



VOL.39 JANUARY, 1992 NO.l 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." i Peter 2: 11 



THIS YEAR 

And may this year to me be holy; 
Thy grace so fill my every thought 
That all my life be pure and lowly 
And truthful, as a Christian's ought. 
So make me, while yet dwelling here^ 
Holy and blest from year to year. 

Jesus, be with me and direct me; 
Jesus, my plans and hopes inspire; 
Jesus, from tempting thoughts protect me; 
Jesus, be all my heart's desire; 
Jesus, be in my thoughts all day 
Nor suffer me to fall away. 

And grant, Lord, when the year is over, 
That it for me in peace may close, 
In all things care for me and cover 
My head in time of fear and woes. 
So may I, when my years are gone, 
Appear with joy before Thy throne. 

Johann Rist, 1642 

Selected by Murray Brillinger 



THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the 
Old Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $2.00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Publishing Editor: Leslie Cover 

Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd., Tuolumne, CA 95379 



KNOW THE TIME 

If alarm clocks could speak instead of just ring 
or buzz or flash, they would likely have some vivid/ 
interesting stories. Our getting-up habits are just 
indications of our attitudes, our regard for time, 
our concepts of responsibility. Sometimes we meet 

the day joyfully, anticipating the pleasures before 
us. Other times we rise with dread, disgust, or 
even fear when we think of some unwanted task of the 
day ahead. 

In the early morning of a new year we also have 
an attitude — or bundle of attitudes — as we look 
ahead. Writing to Christians, I would emphasize 
the positive side. (We have no encouragement for 
those who are not right with God; there is no 
bright side.) We hear much about positive thinking 
and its power. I do not pretend that it is the 
total answer to our success and happiness. It is 
not. God holds our lives in His hands, and 
dispenses to us our daily experiences — both sorrows 
and joys. But looking on the bright side has so 
much to do with our response. Even sorrows and 
disappointments can become stepping stones to 
greater joy if we see them in a positive, godly 
perspective. God's will for us can be received 
with joy and gladness, or with malice. 

I have some students learning to tell time. 
When I was a boy, someone else made sure the family 
was on schedule and met appointments. Time was not 

such a concern, and I had some difficulty learning 
to read the clock. Like other concepts, telling 
time is good to learn in childhood. But it becomes 
a necessity for adults . Our lives are so bound up 
in time. 

To help us in our positive attitude toward time 



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and responsibility, we might begin "By counting our 
blessings . Surely God has been good and faithful 
to us whether we are rich or poor, sick or 
healthy. We can say this because the real issues 
of life are not in the physical. "Blessed be the 
God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who both 
blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly 
places in Christ." (Ephesians 1:3) The poorest and 
weakest saint has more to rejoice about than the 
healthiest, richest unbeliever. To be in Christ is 
to have "joy unspeakable and full of glory." 

To those who have this great advantage, time is 
precious. It is to be filled with good experiences. 
We don't know exactly what this year will bring, 
but the poet says: 

I know not what the future holds , 
But I know who holds the future; 
It's a secret known only to Him. 

To understand partly that God knows what the 
days will bring, we can consider how we know more 
about the future than our children. Prom our past 
experience we can say that certain projects will 
take a certain amount of time. We can predict with 
fair accuracy when various crops will ripen, when 
our bills will be due, when we need to buy 
groceries and feed for our livestock. These would 
be hard for children. But far greater is God's 
knowledge above ours. Therefore, He can warn us 
and prepare us for the events to come. 

What time is it? In Haggai* s day after Israel 
had returned from captivity, the people had begun 
to build the house of God, had laid the foundation, 
but had become discouraged by the resistance from 
the former inhabitants of the land. They had built 
homes but abandoned the work on the temple. Haggai 
urged the people to get busy: "Is it time for you, 
ye, to dwell is your cieled houses, and this 
house be waste" (Haggai 1:4)? 

Hosea has a similar message to the people before 

they went into captivity: "Sow to yourselves in 



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righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow 
ground: for it is time to seek the Lord, till he 
come and rain righteousness upon you."(Hosea 10:12) 

It is always time to build in the Kingdom. What 
could be more positive than to build up or edify 
each other? The Kingdom of Christ is like an 
unfinished building. More than the foundation has 
been laid. Perhaps the building is nearly done. 
But it will not be complete until the last soul has 
been "added to the church." Then Jesus will return. 
Could it be this year? Is the time that late? We 
do not know. But we do know that our ancestors 
looked for Him in their day. And we do know that 
it is later than it has ever been. 

Paul tells us in Romans 13:11,12, "And that, 
knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake 
out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than 
when we believed. The night is far spent, the day 
is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of 
darkness, and let us put on the armour of light." 
The alarm clock is ringing. It is time to get up. 
It is time to build. It is time to know the 
time. — L.C. 



BREAK UP YOUR FALLOW GROUND 
AND SOW NOT AMONG THORNS (Jeremiah 4:3) 

"Break up your fallow ground I" 
The words of God strike deep 
Into this hardened, untilled ground, 
A barren spot in His great field, 
Where willfulness and obstinence 
Could naught but hunger yield. 

"Sow not among the thorns!" 

'Tis true, I have sown there — 

In nettles, briars, weeds, and thorns; 

And everywhere the precious grain 

Was choked and pricked and strangled out, 

And nothing grew but pain. 



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Teach me, Lord, to break the soil 
That sin had so misused. 
Teach me in faith, submissive toil, 
And insight to a dark world's need, 
To reap full harvest victories 
Wherever Thou shouldst lead I 

Anna (Cover) Either, 1949 



Uncle Ernest's Meditations 

LEARNING OBEDIENCE 

Hebrews 5:8: "Though he were a Son, yet learned 
he obedience by the things which he suffered." So 
we see His suffering in His life here on earth, and 
on the cross for our sins sets the example for us 
in this life. Though we cannot make the atonement 
He made on the cross for sin we can learn 
obedience. Hebrews 10:36: "For ye have need of 
patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, 
ye might receive the promise." 

GOING BLIND 

If we allow ourselves to become angry, it is the 
same to our souls as losing our eyesight in our 
natural life. We see the effects of it in the wars 
that rage in the world, and the divisions that 
disrupt our Christian life. The apostle Paul 
refers to it as, "giving place to the devil." So 
we see how important it is to not let anger blind 
our reasoning process. 

TWO BAPTISMS 

Mark 10:39 "And Jesus said unto them, Ye shall 
indeed drink of the cup that I drink of: and with 
the baptism that I am baptized withal shall ye be 
baptized." So we understand Jesus is speaking of 



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another baptism after the water baptism we received 
when we answered the call to serve the Lord. Also 
the prophets spoke of believers being refined by 
fire as gold and silver is refined . So we as 
believers can expect to have the dross worked out 
of us in this life. If we can take treatment 
willingly, it should not be too severe to bear. 

NATURAL AGAINST SPIRITUAL 

In Paul's letter to the Galatians, he gives a 

list of about twenty thing3 that the natural man is 

following, which would apply as well today as it 

did to that generation. He also gave a number of 

spiritual things we could follow to cause us to 

bear friut today as well as then. So the door of 
opportunity is still open. 

WHAT IS GOOD? 

Micah 6:8: "He hath shewed thee, man, what is 
good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but 
to do justice, and to love mercy, and to walk 
humbly with thy God." Today there are billions of 
people in the world, but there is an innumerable 
company of ministering spirits also, sent forth to 
minister to the heirs of salvation. Moses taught 
this; Jesus taught this. Jesus will prepare us for 
Heaven, if we yield our wills to Jesus. 

Ernest Wagner 
Modesto , California 



LONELINESS— 

Loneliness may visit. 

But it never can possesss. 

A heart where God's love lingers 

And where his Spirit rests, 

— selected by Nancy Oyler 



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"And all that sat in the council, looking 
steadfastly on him, saw his face as it had been the 
face of an angel." (Acts 6:15) 

All eyes were drawn to Stephen as he stood 
before his accusers- All were transfixed by his 
appearance. He did not appear uncomfortable, or 
guilty, or indignant. Far from it. Even his 
hardened accusers "saw his face as it had been the 
face of an angel." 

The use of that word "angel" does not 
necessarily mean there was anything miraculous or 
supernatural about Stephen as he stood there. In 
old Hebrew writings a man was called an angel if he 
had peculiar wisdom: Mephibosheth said to King 
David in II Samuel 19 : 27 , "My lord the king is as 
an angel of God: do therefore what is good in 
thine eyes." The expression was also commonly used 
in communion with God. The face of Moses must have 
shone "like an angel" when he came down from Mount 
Sinai. Stephen's face radiated calmness, dignity, 
and confidence in God—because his eyes were fixed 
upon God. 

We are all so created that any deep emotion — be 
it anger or fear or love — will show itself on our 
faces. It is only natural, if we learn to commune 
with God, that this too will show on our faces. 
Seriousness, serenity, calmness, and peace, will 
all show on our faces to the extent that we will 
keep our eyes turned toward God. 

So let us not think that Stephen was more than 
human, to be able to stand before his accusers with 
the face of an angel. Let us lay hold on this 
promise, instead, that by the grace of God we too 
may have the face of an angel — no matter what comes. 

"But we all, with open face beholding as in a 
glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the 
same image from glory to glory, even as by the 
Spirit of the Lord." (II Corinthians 3:18) 

— R. Martin, Mount Forest, Ontario 



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OUR GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT, THE BEE 

Consider the bee. He has five eyes: three sim- 
ple ones on top of his head, two compound ones with 
thousands of lenses. And he has 5,000 nostrils- 
nose enough to smell an apple tree two miles away. 
He has two sets of wings, which can be hooked to- 
gether in flight so they flap as one, 16,000 times 
a minute. And no matter how he zigzags his dizzy 
dance of the flowers , he always beelines it back to 
his home and his job there. He may be a street 
cleaner, a water carrier, a nurse, a sentry, a 
mason, an engineer, or an air conditioner. If he 
is the last, he may fan 12 hours at a stretch in the 
hive, on top of 12 hours spent gathering nectar out- 
side. "Busy as a bee" is no overstatement; he lit- 
erally works himself to death, all for the single 
teaspoon of honey spread upon your breakfast toast, 
the entire quota of his few short weeks of life. A 
one-pound jar of honey on your table represents 
50,000 miles as the bee flies, or a girdling of our 
globe twice around. 

Let us not take the bee for granted again. All 
his dipping into dandelions and daisies and snap- 
dragons is no joyous game but an instinctual obed- 
ience to an ordinance of nature that commands "while 
the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest shall not 
cease." There are 100,000 species of plants which 
could never properly form seeds without the bee. 
Without him, our bread would not be sweet; indeed 
there would be no bread... (Author Unknown) 

Notice the seemingly insignificant tasks to which 
a little bee may be assigned: street cleaner, water 
carrier, nurse, sentry, mason, engineer, or an air 
conditioner. It must have been a similar plan God 
had in mind for us when he said in I Cor 12:12,18: 

"For as the body is one, and hath many members, 
and all the members of that one body being many are 
one body: so also is Christ. But now hath God set 
the members every one of them in the body, as it 
hath pleased him." from One Accord Muncie, Indiana 



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HOW SLAVES WERE TREATED IN NEW TESTAMENT TIMES 

Whenever we read of a slave, doulos , such as for 
instance the slave of the centurion in Matthew 
8:5-13 on whose behalf so much concern was shown by 
his master and the Lord Jesus, we must remember the 
low position of such a slave. Slaves in the Roman 
empire did not matter. No one cared whether they 
suffered, lived or died. 

In talking about friendships which are possible 
in life, Aristotle said, "There can be no frienship, 
nor justice toward inanimate things; indeed, not 
even towards a horse or an ox, nor yet towards a 
slave as a slave. For master and slave have 
nothing in common; a slave is a living tool just as 
a tool is an inanimate slave." A slave was no 
better than a thing. A slave had no legal rights 
whatsoever, his master was free to treat him, or 
mistreat him, as he liked. His master even posses- 
sed the power to put him to death. 

One Roman writer distinguished a slave farmer 
from an animal used in farming as being different 
only in that the slave farmer could speak while the 
animal could not. — Selected 



SIX GOOD DOCTORS 

Six good doctors anywhere 

And no one can deny it; 
Are doctors water, sunshine, air, 

Rest, excerise, and diet. 
These six will gladly you attend, 

If only you are willing. 
Your mind they'll cheer 

Your ills they'll mend, 
And charge you not a schilling. 

— Selected 

BIRTH 
MARTIN — A daughter, Judith Edna, born December 31 
to Kevin and Ina Martin of Nappanee, Indiana. 



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"BASIC OR GROUND SEARCHING QUESTIONS" PROPOSED 
TO ALEXANDER MACK AND HIS BRETHREN BY EBERHARD 
LOUIS GRUBER. (Continued) 

Question 5: What, then do you think about the 
salvation of those undeniable witnesses of truth 
who appeared from century to century, even during 
that time? Were they not members of Christ and His 
fellowship or true church which is united by the 
living spirit, just because they had not been 
baptized in accordance with the original ordinance? 

ANSWER: Christ says (Matthew 7:16): "You will 
know them by their fruits." We believe that writing 
fine books and even prophesying are not the fruits 
of a good Christian, by which alone he is recog- 
nized. We cannot, therefore, consider a person to 
be a Christian for that alone. Yet, we will not 
judge anyone. Since we did not know those men in 
their lifetime, we leave them to God. Neither all 

their writings nor even their prophesying can make 
us suspicious of the teaching of Jesus. We cannot 
consider them to be the church of Christ just be- 
cause of their prophesying, if they did not walk in 
the teaching of Jesus, in baptism and the other 
ordinances. 

QUESTION 6: Are you not of the opinion that the 
baptismal ceremony which has so long been neglected 
must be re-established in these latter times, and 
if so, why do you think so? Has not rather the all- 
wise God permitted this ceremony (which is not 
exactly part of the essence of Christianity) to be 
done away with, like the circumcision of the Old 
Covenant, for the very reason that it is as yet 
imperfect and does not yet make anything perfect, 
so that He could introduce a new economy and 
housekeeping of the pure spirit for His people, as 
all prophetic promises have foretold? 

ANSWER: We are of the opinion and believe as 
the apostle writes (Hebrews 7:12): "For when there 



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is a change in the priesthood, there is necessarily 
a change in the law as well." As long as the Levi- 
tical priesthood existed, just that long no one 
dared to annul the law, or circumcision, without 
incurring God's grave punishment and displeasure. 
However, when Christ came He introduced a law of 
life as the eternal High Priest and Son of God. He 
annulled the first law because it was too weak and 
could not make anyone perfect. He secured eternal 
redemption, revealed the paths to the Holy of 
Holies, and gave only laws of life. He confirmed 
His will or testament with His blood, so that we 
believe and profess that if an angel came from 
heaven and attempted to reveal another or better 
gospel, the angel would be accursed, according to 
the witness of Paul (Galations 1:18). 

Therefore, we believe that the teaching of Jesus 
the crucified must be kept until He himself shall 
come again and take vengence with flaming fire upon 
those who were not obedient to His gospel, according 
to Paul's witness (II Thes. 1:8). For this reason, 
then, the teachings of Jesus are righly to be 
observed by believers in these days. However, 
there are no commandments for unbelievers. 

QUESTION 7: Are you not compelled to recognize 
and admit that in that particular case (baptism) a 
direct divine calling is necessary and required for 
the re-establishment, just as well as for its first 
institution, which calling, according to the 
testimony of the Scriptures and the general 
confessions, has always been present at such great 
reformations of the church? 

ANSWER: We do indeed believe that a direct 
calling and impelling by the Spirit of God is 
necessary for the practising of the teachings of 
Christ. That, however, this calling must be 
confirmed and manifested before men by signs or 
miracles, we will not presume to dictate to God. If 
the calling is of God, it is sufficient, whether men 
believe it or not. This must be left up to the 
individual. 



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QUESTION 8: Can any one of you stand up who is 
willing to state, upon his conscience and responsi- 
bility in the hour of his death and on the Bay of 
Judgement, that he had received such a direct 
calling from God to re-establish the ordinance of 
baptism which was so long neglected, and with it to 
form an entirely new church of Christ here on earth 
such as has not existed since the time of the 
apostles and the early Christians? 

ANSWER: When the Pharisees sent from Jerusalem 
and asked John whether he was the Christ or a 
prophet because he was baptizing, he answered: "I 
baptize you with water (for repentance), but among 
you stands one whom you do not know; he will 
baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire" 
(John 1:26; Matthew 3:ll)« We likewise say in 
simplicity that we baptise in water only upon faith 
in Christ, who lets His voice be heard in the 
hearts of men in these days. Oh, if we would only 
follow Him and would know Him rightly, He would be 
the only one, and remain so forever, who shall 
establish, sanctify, and cleanse a church in this 
time with the "washing of water with the word" 
(Ephesians 5:26). No man would dare to appropriate 
this for himself, or declare before men that he was 
sent by God to establish a church, but he would 
gladly leave the honor to God. Even though God may 
use some as special instruments for this, they only 
need to be tested whether they are sent by God, as 
John says (3:34): "For he whom God has sent utters 
the words of God." 

QUESTION 9: Of what does this direct calling 
consist? How can you justify and present this to 
the hearts and consciences of those who are still 
among the sects, as well as to those who have 
already withdrawn from them, for their outward or 
inward conviction? 

Answer: The direct calling consists in the fact 
that the person is made inwardly exceeding certain 
of it by the Spirit of God, and is not concerned 
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(John 6: 43 » 44) J "Do not murmur among yourselves. 
No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me 
draws him." It is equally true that no one can 
come to the teaching of Christ unless he lets 
himself be drawn to the Father. Whoever follows 
the guiding of the Father will easily recognize who 
the called and elect faithful are. 

European Origins of the Brethren 
by Donald Durnbaugh 



LEAVE IT ALL IN JESUS' HAND 

Do you wonder why the blessing 
That you prayed for is delayed, 

While others seem to get theirs 
Before request is made? 

It's not for us to understand 

But leave it all in Jesus' hand. 

Do you wonder why your loved one 

Was taken home to stay, 
While others were left here 

Who are only in the way? 
It's not for us to understand 

But leave it all in Jesus hand. 

Do you wonder why you suffer pain 
While others are so healthy, 

Or why you have to skimp and save, 
While other folks are wealthy? 

It's not for us to understand, 

But leave it all in Jesus' hand. 

Just lean upon the Saviour, 
Just rest at His dear feet, 

His strengthwill prove sufficient 
For the testing you must meet# 

Itb not for us to understand, 

But leave it all in Jesus 1 hand. 
— Selected 



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BIBLE STUDY 

We are studying in Acts for our monthly Bible 
studies here in California. This time we read the 
fifth chapter which tells of the sin and death of 
Ananias and Sapphira and of the many miracles that 
the apostles did which later got them in trouble 
with the high priest. It tells of their imprison- 
ment and miraculous release in the night; and then 
of Gamaliel's wise advice to the rulers to make 
sure this movement was not of God lest they would 
be fighting against God. 

One verse that was made more clear to me was 
verse 26. Were the soldiers afraid that the people 
would stone them or the apostles? It is quite 
likely the soldiers feared an uprising in 
retaliation to taking the apostles away. 

This is a very sad case of Ananias and Sapphira. 
They didn't realize the Spirit's power, and they 
tempted or tested it. It was a good lesson to 
other believers and to those looking on as well. 
It made those fear who had not joined in on the 
communal living. 

It looks as if there was the church which 
probably made up the main body of believers and 
then there was this group inside the church which 
had all things common. No one else durst join this 
inner group but more were added to the church. 

We talked some on the wisdom of Gamaliel and had 
to even wonder if he became a believer later — maybe 
even believed at this time but didn't join. And it 
is obvious that he was well known and respected 
because the rest agreed to what he said. It seems 
contradictory, though, that the rest would agree 
that if it was not of God it would fall apart and 
if it was of God they did not want to fight it; and 
then they went ahead and beat the apostles and 
commanded them not to preach. 

We didn't have time to talk of everything in 
this chapter, but we had some very good discussions 
on some parts of it. Peter Cover 



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FOR YOUTH: SETTLE IT 

A quarrel can "be settled. Muddy water will set- 
tle and become nearly clear. A house can settle if 
it is on a poor foundation. But when Jesus says, 
"Settle it," He means to decide in our hearts with 
out intending to change. 

In Luke 21, the Saviour is telling His disciples 
of things to come. At the beginning of 1992, 
wouldn't it be great if someone would tell us the 
events of the coming year? Jesus did not reveal 
everything in detail, but He did warn His followers 
of trouble and trials to come. They would be 
brought before kings and rulers because of following 
Him. He told them "Settle it therefore in your 
hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall ans- 
wer..." He promised to supply answers for them when 
they were questioned. But beforehand they must de- 
cide in their hearts to trust and obey Him. 

To be ready for the events of 1992, we must have 
it settled in advance that we will be faithful. 
Daniel did, and when the big tests came, he was pre- 
pared. 

The best athletes are those who have settled on a 
routine of practice early in life. 

The Wesleys, John and Charles, learned early in 
childhood the discipline that enabled them to write 
hymns and preach daily for years. 

We can have it settled now that the Bible will 
be our best book to read. We can decide in advance 
that we will be peaceable, honest, and truthful. 
Those that wait to decide sometimes yield to 
temptation. 

We can settle it right now at the beginning of 
1992 that we will trust and obey the Lord. When the 
tests come, we will be ready, and He will stand be- 
side us, — *L»C. 



WE CAN ALL WIN 

Sometimes we sing, "We are little builders, 
building block by block." Jesus tells us to build 
on the Solid Rock. That Rock is doing what He 
says . Never question Jesus . One time three boys 
were captured along with other people. The king 
that captured them made a golden image. The people 
were to bow down and worship this image at the 
sound of music. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego 
had been taught to worship God. These boys wanted 
no part in this idol worship. They knew they would 
be thrown into the fiery furnace if they didn't do 
what the king said. But best of all, they knew 
their God could Keep the fire from hurting them. 
They walked in the fire and didn't get burned. The 
ones that threw them in the furnace were burned 
up. These boys had built on the Solid Rock. Never 
let anyone tell you Jesus doesn't mean what He says. 

After the earth and animals were created, God 
created Adam and Eve. They were to live in the 
beautiful garden. They could eat the fruit of the 
trees , except one . God told them if they ate of 
this tree they would die. The devil in the shape 
of a snake told Eve they wouldn't die if they ate. 
After listening to the snake, Eve ate and gave to 
Adam. By disobeying God, they were driven out of 
the garden. Eve didn't believe what God told her. 
The boys were winners because they believed God. 
Eve was a loser because she listened to the devil. 
If you want to always win, you must obey and 
believe Jesus . Let's make this New Year the best 
BUILDING BLOCK OF ALL. 

Everett Oyler 
New Paris Indiana 
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THE PILGRIM 



VOL.39 FEBRUARY, 1992 N0.2 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." i Peter 2.1 1 



Upon Thy Word I rest 

Each pilgrim day; 

This golden staff is best 
For all the way. 

What Jesus Christ hath spoken 
Cannot be broken I 

Upon Thy Word I rest, 

So strong, so sure! 

So full of comfort blest. 

So sweet, so pure! 

The charter of salvation, 

Faith's broad foundation - 

Upon Thy Word I stand, 

That cannot die; 
Christ seals it in my hand, 

He cannot lie I 
Thy Word that faileth never, 

Abideth ever. 

— Frances Ridley Havergal 



THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the 
Old Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $2.00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Publishing Editor: Leslie Cover 

Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd., Tuolumne, CA 95379 



"Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give 
thee a crown of life." (Revelation 2:10b) 

We hear the words over and over. We read them or 
see them lived out in the lives of the heroes of 
faith: Daniel and his three friends before Nebu- 
chadnezzar; Micaiah before Ahab; Moses standing 
before his people; Paul and Silas in prison, and 
many more. We hear the words murmured in the feet 
washing service and proclaimed in the worship ser- 
vice of the church: "Be thou faithful unto death I" 

What does this mean? What kind of power have we 
to persevere and be faithful? How can anyone, 
about whom the sure Scriptures proclaim that all 
have sinned, be faithful to a perfect, holy God? 
Is this a vain boast, a foolish claim, an unattain- 
able ideal? Is faithfulness only for the heroes of 
the past? Can we or anyone else escape error in the 
midst of a vile culture such as ours? What does 
faithfulness mean in this day and age? 

We look back at our stumbling past and ask, "Can 
this be faithfulness?" Even as we review our lives 
we realize that faithfulness should be our goal, 
like perfection and holiness. In the Christian 
vocabulary, these would almost be synonyms. 

As in so many areas, there are two extremes to 
avoid in this subject. On the one hand we can see 
our weaknesses and sort of throw up our hands and 
give up — quit trying. If it is true that sinful 
man cannot please God, why try? This, of course, 
is a victory for our adversary. 

On the other hand, we can over-confidently 
deceive ourselves into thinking we are pretty good. 
We are healthy and prosperous — proof that God is 
pleased with our lives. This, too, is a trick of 
Satan on our thinking. 



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Besides this, we cannot reason that our situation 
is somewhere between these two extremes — a kind of 
average. The faithful, victorious Christian life 
is a different position. God knows our weaknesses. 
When we are God's children, He gives us grace, 
forgiveness, and His Holy Spirit. This increases 
our devotion if we realize the value of His grace. 
Paul says in Romans 6, "Shall we sin, because we are 
not under the law, but under grace? God forbid." 
He continues in verse 18: "Being then made free 
from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness." 
The whole passage tells us that through the mercy 
of God, we are free to serve Him faithfully when we 
yield ourselves to Him. This is neither giving up 
nor having an inflated view of our own works. 

We must conclude then that one who is faithful 
is one who is yielded to God. The parable in Luke 
11:5-13 of the man who had unexpected guests and 
asked his friend for food is to illustrate God's 
willingness to give us what we need. Jesus closes 
that teaching with this conclusion: "If ye then, 
being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your 
children: how much more shall your heavenly Father 
give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?" God's 
Spirit works in our lives and enables us to do His 
will. To Him be all the glory! 

In our culture, faithfulness seems to be an out- 
dated term. We see homes breaking up, children run- 
ning without training, and jobs done poorly, all 
because someone was unfaithful in his responsibili- 
ties. There is a lot of talk about wasted 
resources, but here is the biggest waste of all 
when people fail in an area of trust. The resulting 
anguish outweighs depleted oil fields and polluted 
streams. This is not to say that we should waste 
our resources, but that we should not "strain at a 
gnat and swallow a camel," and that unfaithfulness 
to our responsibilities is the camel. 

Faithfulness begins at home. A Christian 
marriage should have no loopholes — no room to say, 
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wives... and Wives, submit yourselves unto your 
husbands ..." are commands that show what God 
expects of us if we would be faithful in the home. 
(Read the comparisons that follow each of these 
commands in Ephesians 6.) I have read of the 
counseling pastor to whom a husband confessed, 
"Pastor, I just don't love my wife anymore." The 
pastor replied, "Then fall on your knees and 
repent, for God commands you to love your wife." 

Faithfulness to our children is an area of 
failure in many modern homes. "I don't want my 
child to go through the hardships I had to face , " 
is an excuse for indulging the child to his own 
loss. The new way seems to be to let the children 
choose in most areas. To be faithful to your 
children, tell them the truth, show them the best 
ways, and insist that they do them; demonstrate 
love to them as you give them the needed discipline 
and correction. "He that spareth his rod hateth 
his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him 
betimes." (Proverbs 13:24) (Betimes means "early" 
or "in good time.") When we fail here, we simply 
are being unfaithful to our children. 

"It's hard to get good help these days." We 
hear it over and over from needy employers. 
Unfaithfulness on the job in the form of wasting 
time, disobeying orders, or poor use of materials, 
amounts to millions of dollars lost, and this, of 
course, is passed on to the consumers. 

But greater than this is the failure of Christian 
people in personal dedication, yielding to tempta- 
tion, giving a poor testimony, and any of the 
various ways of Satan as he resists victorious, 
faithful living. "Be thou faithful unto death" 
seems almost foreign to modern thinking. But it 
spoke to a very real situation and carried a price- 
less promise to the Christian martyrs of all ages. 

Name, if you can, an area of greater need in our 
world today. Yes, the Gospel is the greatest need, 

but faithfulness is our response to the good news 
of salvation through Jesus Christ. 



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When Jesus comes again in glory He is called 
Faithful and True. "And they that are with him are 
called, and chosen, and faithful." There are those 
who are faithful at home, faithful on the job, and 
faithful to God in their personal lives. Happy will 
be those who have lived together in love for fifty 
or sixty years and had Jesus as Lord of their home. 

It is comforting to know that "God is faithful, 
who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye 
are able; but will with the temptation also make a 
way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it." (I 
Corinthians 10:13) Praise God! There is a crown 
of life waiting for God's faithful children! -L.C. 

Be thou faithful! Hear the promise: 
I a crown of life will give. 
Look to me and be ye holy; 
You may in My heaven live. 

Lord, I hear Thy call so loving, 
And my soul thrills at Thy voice. 
I would follow faithful ever, 
And in all Thy ways rejoice. 

But, alas, my faint heart falters 
At Thy call to perfect ways; 
I am weak and, oh, so needy; 
I could never fill that place. 

Jesus calls again in mercy: 
Will you trust My grace to guide? 
I will strengthen with My Spirit; 
You need never leave My side. 

Oh, Lord Jesus, I am coming, 
Standing on Thy promise sure; 
Trusting, knowing Thou art faithful. 
Thou art able; Thou art pure. 



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Lift me up above the shadows •" 
Let me stand redeemed and strong; 
Give me strength for every trial; 
Let me sing the victory song. -L.C. 



THE BIG PICTURE 

Two workers busy on a huge construction project 
were asked by a passerby, "What is it you're doing?" 
The first replied that he was just doing his job and 
laying bricks until the job was done- The second 
stopped, stood, and proudly explained that the pro- 
ject was to be a great cathedral* In his mind's eye 
he saw the big picture and with enthusiasm consider- 
ed his job a part of the final outcome. 

The story is also told of the boy who, upon 
arriving at Yosemite National Park, found a nickel 
on the ground. The rest of the day his eyes were 
glued to the ground looking for more, and in so 
doing he missed the magnificent wonders of God's 
creation all around him. He missed the big picture 
because his focus was on something so much less 
important! 

Do we see the big picture of God's plan of 
salvation and how we can fit into it? Or are we 
like the first worker and the boy, concerned only 
with our immediate surroundings and circumstances? 
If so, we're missing a lot of joy and inspiration 
in our daily walk. We need our eyes to be opened 
like Elisha's servant's were! (I Kings 6:15-17). 
Jesus 1 disciples spent one Saturday evening in gloom 
and despair, but by the following evening they had 

seen their risen Lord; their eyes were opened I 

The church is a testimony of God's wisdom and 
power. To whom? "Unto the principalities and 
powers in heavenly places" (Ephesians 3:10) That 
is mind boggling I If we are Christ's, we are part 
of that church. Part of His glorious body. Part 
of the eternal purpose of God. Part of the most 
magnificent work ever begun. Do we act like it? 
Do we see the big picture? -Lloyd Wagner 

K^desto, California 



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GROWING OLDER 
A little more tired at the close of the day, 
A little more anxious to have our own way, 
A Ittle less ready to scold and blame, 
A little more care for a brother's name; 
And so we are nearing the journey's end, 
Where time and eternity meet and blend. 

A little less care for bonds or gold, 

A little more zeal for days of old; 

A broader view and a saner mind, 

And a little more love for all mankind; 

And so we are faring down the way 

That leads to the gates of Eternal Day. 

A little more love for the friends of youth, 

A little more zeal for established Truth, 

A little more charity in our views, 

A little less thirst for the daily news; 

And so we are folding our tents away 

And passing in silence at close of day. 

A little more leisure to sit and dream, 
A little more real the things unseen, 
A little nearer to those ahead, 
With visions of those long loved and dead; 
And so we are going where all must go- 
To the place the living may never know. 

A little less laughter, a few more tears, 
And we shall have told our increasing years. 
The book is closed, and the prayers are said, 
And we are part of the countless dead; 

Thrice happy, then, if some soul can say, i( 
"I live because of their help on the way." 
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™ "~™ " " UNCLE ERNEST'S MEDITATIONS 

PEAR GOD 

Luke 12:5: "But I will forwarn you whom ye 
shall fear: fear him which after he hath killed 
hath power to cast into hell; yea I say unto you, 
Fear Him. " Psalm 128 speaks of the blessings every 
one that feareth God and walks in His ways shall 
receive. God has condemned this world to 
destruction, with all those who want Him to depart 
from them so they need not obey Him. 

LOVE-NOT ENVY 

We find when Paul and Barnabas started their 
missionary journey, the people heard them gladly at 
Antioch, but when the Jews saw the Gentiles joining 
with them they were filled with envy. Human nature 
is the same today. We are inclined to seek 
possessions and think we should be rewarded and 
respected — not willing to give up self and have all 
come and be with us in Christ. "Whoever will, let 
him take the water of Life freely." 

COVETOUSNESS 

Jeremiah 6:13: "For from the least of them unto 
the greatest of them every one is given to covetous- 
ness..." Luke 12:15: "And He said unto them, Take 
heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life 
consisteth not in the abundance of the thing3 which 
he possesseth." So we see human nature does not 
change. I think the world is unable to have peace 
because of covetousness. I Timothy 6:10: "For the 
love of money is the root of all evil..." When we 
read or hear the news of the world today, we find 
the nations' great concern is money and world 
trade, proving the truth of Paul's writings. Also, 
our local news and problems are over money matters. 

-Ernest Wagner 



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OBITUARY 

RAYMOND EVERETT WRIGHTSMAN, son of Henry and 
Leah (Cable) Wrightsman, was born near Auburn, 111., 
April 2, 1904- His earthly journey ended Dec. 28, 
1991, at the age of 87 years, 8 months, and 26 days. 

When he was 11 years old, he with his parents 
moved to Wellington, Kansas, for one summer, then 
to Ludington, Michigan, where he grew to manhood. 
He was baptized into the Old German Baptist Brethren 
Church at Lake Odessa, Michigan, in April, 1923* 

On June 3, 1924, he was united in marriage to 
Nellie Flora. To this union were born 8 children: 
Donald and Alfred, who died in infancy at Scott- 
ville, Mich.; Eileen Beachler, North Manchester, 
Ind.; Harold, Silver Lake, Ind.; Ronald, and 
Patricia Cook, both from Claypool, Ind.; Paul, 
North Manchester, Ind.; and Carol Grindle, Laketon, 
Ind. Their early married life was spent at Scott- 
ville and Flint, Mich., moving to Sidney, Ind., in 
1943* They later moved to Ligonier, Silver Lake, 
and North Manchester, living in the Peabody 
Retirement Home for the last one and one half years. 

He is survived by his companion, 6 children, 17 
grandchildren, 36 great grand -children, and one 
great-great-grandchild; one brother Ralph, North 
Manchester, Ind. ; one sister, Mabel Kennedy, 
Elkhart, Ind.; and many nieces, nephews, and other 
relatives and friends . He was preceded in death by 
2 sons; 1 brother: Earl; 3 sisters: Ethel Wolf, 
Florence Stull, and Edna Burns; and 2 grandchildren: 
Jerry Wrightsman and Cheryl Rhoades. 

Following a severe heart attack in January, 1991, 
he called for and received the anointing from which 
he drew comfort and strength. The last months held 
both good days and bad, but his tired heart finally 
stopped on the way to the hospital at Wabash, Ind. 

Funeral services were conducted by the brethren 
December 31, in the North Manchester meeting house, 
with words of consolation from II Cor 5. The body 
was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery. 

--The family 



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"BASIC OR GROUND SEARCHING QUESTIONS" PROPOSED 
TO ALEXANDER MACK AND HIS BRETHREN BY EBERHARD 
LOUIS GRUBER. (Continued) 

QUESTION 10: May it not properly be expected 
after the truth that if this work were indeed from 
God and you had received this direct divine calling 
to it, well-meaning souls would have gathered by 
the thousands? Would not the same thing have 
happened as that which took place at the first 
Pentecost of the New Testament under the direction 
of the Spirit at that time, and through the power 
of Jesus Christ in and on the apostles of the Lord? 

ANSWER : Chri st says ( Mat thew 24 ) to Hi s 
followers that they should take heed especially in 
these days that no man lead them astray. He does 
not say that men will flock to His gospel by the 
thousands in such miserable times as these are, 
unfortunately, when love has grown cold in many 
hearts. Indeed, even the well-meaning souls do not 
come very willingly to the discipleship of Jesus, 
where all must be denied if Christ is to be followed 
rightly. On the contrary, Christ speaks of this 
time that the great abomination of desolation will 
be revealed. It only says that we must take refuge 
in the hills — that is, in the teachings of Jesus 
the crucified, which is exalted by all believers 
and is the city of God and the mountain of Zion, as 
stated in Hebrews 12:22,23- Here, all true 
believers have always taken refuge. Many cannot 
even take their wives or children along, just as it 
happened to Lot, even though he was led by angels 
through a divine calling to escape destruction. 
Despite this, his friends found it ridiculous; yes, 
he even had to leave his wife on the way. For this 
reason, Christ urges His followers very briefly to 
bear this in mind, saying (Luke 17:32): "Remember 
Lot's wife." 



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QUESTION 11: Is water baptism so absolutely 
necessary that positively no one can be saved 
without it, no matter how holy and irreproachable 
his belief and life are otherwise? 

Answer: We believe and profess that in the Old 
and New Testaments, blessing and salvation are 
promised only to the faithful. We can see the way 
in which the faithful have been minded and disposed 
at all times in the believing Abraham, the father 
of all the faithful. He was obedient to God in 
everything, and therefore obtained the promise 
because of his living faith which effected works of 
obedience. Hence, we believe that if a man lives in 
a holy and perfect way, and his life is effected by 
true faith in Christ, it will indeed be easier for 
him to have faith to be obedient to water baptism 
than it was for Abraham to sacrifice his son. 

When, however, this person still argues with his 
God, saying, "Of what use is this water for me?" 
this "holy life" is nothing but self- righteousness. 
Man seeks to establish it as did the Jews, about 
whom Paul speaks. (Romans 10:9,10) No salvation 
is promised to such selfish holiness. Christ is 
the fulfillment of the Law. Whoever believes in 
Him is justified. Faith in Christ produces 
obedience and submission to all of His words and 
commandments. 

QUESTION 12: Does not the principal passage of 
Mark 16:16 prove the very contrary, where Jesus 
prudently says: "...he who does not believe (not 
he who is not baptized) will be condemned?" 

ANSWER: We do indeed believe and profess that 
eternal life is not promised because of baptism, 
but only through faith in Christ . (John J: 15 1 18) 
Why should a believer not wish to do the will of 
Him in whom he believes? If it is the will of 
Christ that a believer should be baptized, then it 
is also the will of the believer. If he thus wills 
and believes as Christ wills, he is saved, even if 



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it were impossible for him to receive baptism. 
Abraham was willing to sacrifice his son Isaac, but 
it did not happen; the son was not sacrificed. Yet 
obedience was fulfilled, and the blessing was 
received. Therefore, a believer who desires to be 
baptized, but cannot obtain it because of necessity- 
like the criminal on the cross — is still saved. 

If, however, a man does not desire to be 
baptized, he is rightly to be judged as unbelieving 
and disobedient, not because of the baptism, but 
because of his unbelief and disobedience. Christ 
has rightly said, "He who believes..." (Mark 16:16) 
If He had made salvation dependent on the water, 
men would be much more willing to be baptized, and 
retain their own will in other things. The 
Antichrist does this in assigning salvation to the 
water only, although the person lives otherwise as 
he pleases. 

QUESTION 13: If water baptism is so absolutely 
necessary, why did Christ not mention it in His 
Sermon on the Mount when speaking of the Beatitudes? 
(Matthew 5) Why did He not make the least mention 
of it in His description of the judgment (Mat. 25), 
where He deals especially with all those who should 
be saved or condemned? 

ANSWER: It is surprising how little men 
recognize the pure mind of God I Christ indeed 
speaks (Matthew 5) about many kinds of blessings. 
We might well ask from whence such blessings may be 
obtained. Christ says: "Blessed are the meek..." 
(Matthew 5:5) Now notice well how Christ calls 
(Matthew 11:28,29), "Come to me... and learn from 
me." Therefore, we profess that Christ alone is 
the Saviour. Whoever wishes to be blessed, as He 
preaches in Matthew 5, must necessarily accept Him 
in true faith, and must submit himself to Him in 
obedience, as clay in the hands of its potter. It 
is He who must make everything new and save all, 
and of Him all of the prophets have spoken. God 
himself refers to His Son. 

Since then, Christ , as Saviour and as the Good 



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Physician, considers baptism necessary for salva- 
tion. Even though Christ counts as blessed (Matthew 
25) those who fed and clothed Him — and mentioned 
nothing of the new creature or rebirth about which 
He spoke (John 3)» that without rebirth no one could 
enter the Kingdom of God, and at the latter place in 
turn did not say anything about visiting Him in 
prison or feeding His members — who would think that 
He counts as blessed in Matthew 25 those who were 
unreborn men or unbelievers, merely because of their 
outward works? Oh, no I Who would assume that they 
despised baptism? I believe that not a single 
person was among them who despised water baptism. 
There may have been some who were not baptized out 
of necessity, but not out of contempt for it. 

QUESTION 14: How can you prove that John the 
Baptist was himself baptized, for he said to Christ 
(Matthew 3:14): "I need to be baptized by you, and 
do you come to me?" Or was he perhaps saved by a 
special exception? 

ANSWER: Many questions could be asked in the 
same way: Where were Peter and John baptized, or 
where was this or that saint of the Old Covenant 
circumcised? More questions might be raised than 
would tend to edification toward God in faith. Paul 
records (I Timothy 1:4) that there were even men who 
concerned themselves with endless genealogies. 
Nevertheless, we will also answer this in patience. 
John was indeed willing to be baptized by Christ, 
and desired this. We ascribe salvation to this 
faith, according to Scripture, and not to baptism. 
Even though it does not state explicitly in the 
Scriptures that he was baptized, at any rate it does 
say that he did not despise baptism. In addition, 
John will not be found among those who say, "Oh, of 
what use is water baptism for me?" Rather, he 
showed his obedience to Christ, as Abraham showed 
his obedience to God in the offering of his son. 
The son was not sacrificed, yet the obedience was 
fulfilled. — from European Origin of the Brethren 

by Donald Durnbaugh 



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BIBLE STUDY 

We had the sixth chapter of the Acts for our 
Bible study this month and, although it is short, 
there is a lot of good in it. This chapter tells of 
provision made for the widows, and the choosing of 
seven brethren to help in the serving of tables and 
in doing some of the jobs that the apostles had to 
do. We read that some of them preached too. Were 
these the first deacons? This is not mentioned, 
but it is quite possible that they were. 

We discussed Stephen and Nicolas. Nicolas was a 
proselyte, which means he was a Jew, but he did not 
have Jewish background. He was a Gentile by birth. 
This may be a glimpse of when the Lord would open 
the Gospel to all. 

Stephen showed a boldness before his antagonists 
that really shone for the Lord. In verse fourteen, 
it seems that he was telling them the same thing 
Jesus told them. The temple wasn't going to last 
much longer. We will read of more of his boldness 
in the next chapter. 

Verse seven is a wonderful fulfillment of 
prophecy, "..and a great company of the priests 
were obedient to the faith." Malachi 3:3 comes to 
mind — "And he shall purify the sons of Levi." 

— Peter Cover 



MARRIAGE 

WRAY — WAGNER Arlan Wray and Anna Marie Wagner were 
married January 11, 1992, in Gettysburg, Ohio. 
Their address: 1039 Shawnee Rd. 

Pomona, Kansas 66076 
(913) 566-8411 



FOR YOUTH: PERMISSIBLE ISN'T ALWAYS UPBUILDING 15 

The Bible points out that some things are per- 
missible, but they may not be upbuilding. "All 
things are lawful for me, but all things edify not." 
(I Corinthians 10:23) 

Some things may be lawful to do, but they tear 
down others. 

Some things may be lawful to have, but owning it 
does not 'build up. 1 

Anything that does not 'build up 1 is not in your 
best interest. 

Sometimes people say, "It's my business what I 
do," and others shouldn't concern themselves. That 
is not true where a group takes edifying one another 
seriously. That group is interested in the welfare 
of each other. It does become the business of the 
other what you do. 

Is it really only your business as to the music 
you listen to, or the kind of books you read, or how 
you spend your money? It should be another's con- 
cern if one's music, reading, and spending isn't 
constructive. God isn't satisfied with our being 
neutral or simply doing no harm. God wants con- 
struction. It isn't so much a question of what's 
wrong with it, as if it is upbuilding for your life 
and the life of others. 

--Selected by Martha Cover from 
One-Anothering by Simon Schrock 

LOVE EACH OTHER 

Let us help our fallen brother, 
Lift him gently by the hand, 
Speaking words of cheer and comfort, 
Point him to a better land. 

In this world of toil and sorrow 
Many hearts are full of care; 
Let us live to serve our Master, 
And each other's burdens bear. 

— William J. Henry 



CHILDREN'S PAGE 

KEEP GOOD COMPANY 
"God's love is like a circle, a circle big and 
round. And when you see a circle, no ending can be 
found. And so the love of Jesus, goes on eternally, 
Forever and forever, I know that He loves me." A 
few days ago several small children were singing 
this song. God bless all you children. Hearing 
you sing tells me that you have been in good com- 
pany. We all want to be like those around us. 

One Sunday afternoon when our son was small, he 
started crying. We asked him what was the matter. 
He said he wanted a white shirt like the other 
boys. The people we are around the most are the 
ones we want to be like. 

Here is a true story of a naked little boy about 
eight years old, found living with the monkeys in 
the jungles of Africa. The boy was caught by a jun- 
gle patrol. The boy and his monkey friends scatter- 
ed into the trees screaming in fright. Amazingly 
strong and covered with fine hair, he acted like a 
monkey. He walked like a monkey, chattered, 
grunted, and jumped up and down when excited. He 
would eat no meat, but liked soft foods such as 
bananas and milk. 

The boy was named John, after John the Baptist. 
John was afraid of other children and slept on the 
floor. There was no doubt that he considered 
himself a monkey. The nurse that took care of him 
said, "I think it would have been kinder to leave 
him with the monkeys where he felt he belonged." 

Let us all stand up for Jesus, the Friend that 
will be good company at all times. Remember there 
is no end to His love. 

— Everett Oyler 

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ANSWERED PRAYER 

Although my loved ones are scattered far, 
The Father of all knows where they are. 

And I have power to help them still, 
Which comes through doing the Father's will« 
For did not Christ the Saviour say 
Answers shall be given when I pray? 

The only condition that He made 
Was "Just believe; be not afraid." 
So I depend on the bridge of prayer 
To help my loved ones everywhere. 

My prayers know no boundary lines; 

They are not held by man's confines; 
For before I pray my God can see 
What every heartfelt need may be. 

So even as I kneel to pray, 

God sends an answer on the way; 
And, best of all, I am confident 
That God's good answer shall be sent. 

— By Mary Harrington 

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DO I HAVE FAITH? 

We live in a society that realizes it is popular 
to be a Christian. It is not hard to find someone 
that says he has faith in God. 

Sometime ago I was repairing a lady's mailbox 
that I had accidentally damaged. While I was 
working, she came out of her house quite upset. 
After some explaining about the situation and 
talking with her, I noticed she was wearing a shirt 
that said, "I'm proud to be a Christian." 

Doesn ' t it seem strange to live in a society 
that claims faith and Christianity and yet we know 
that it does not please God? Surely somewhere, 
someone does not understand what faith is. So I 
ask myself the question, "Do I have faith?" 

What is this "thing" called faith that we all 
want to claim that we have? 

We read in Hebrews chapter 11, "Without faith it 
is impossible to please God." So we know that it 
is important that we not only know what it is but 
that we have it as well. 

So what is faith? "Now faith is the substance 
of things hoped for*" It is the confident reality 
that the things God has promised are awaiting the 
faithful. It is this realization that inspires 
faithfulness in the bosom of the Christian. It was 
said of faithful Abraham that, "He staggered not at 
the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong 
in faith, giving glory to God: And being fully 
persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able 
also to perform." (Romans 4:20,21) 

Faith is also, "the evidence of things not 
seen." When we see a stalk of wheat there is 
evidence that there was a kernel of wheat planted 
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well-cared-for garden; we see evidence that 
someone has had a vision and has worked hard, even 
though we have never seen anyone working there. So 
we believe that the worlds were framed by the word 
of God. The world that we see is evidence that 
God , (whom we don ' t see ) does exist . Understanding 
and believing and acting according to this 
knowledge is faith. This faith will be evident 
within the lives of those controlled by it. This 
control is the evidence of something we cannot see 
with the natural eye nor can we understand with the 
carnal mind. This is, "the wisdom of God in a 
mystery even the hidden wisdom." 

A popular theology today is that you just need 
to know God, love Him, and believe Him, and you are 
a Christian. It's like being around a person who 
has all the answers but was never successful 
because he never did anything. You can know how to 
plant a garden, what fertilizer to use, what kind 
of seed to plant, how to prepare the ground and 
when to water it; but if you never do what you 
know, you will never have any fresh produce or 
fruit to show for all your knowledge or "faith". 
No wonder James says, "show me thy faith without 
thy works, and I will show thee my faith by my 
works." (James 2:18b) "For as the body without the 
spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead 
also." (James 2:26) "Who is a wise man and endued 
with knowledge among you? let him show out of good 
conversation (conduct) his works with meekness of 
wisdom." (James 3:13) 

In the following paragraphs are some quotes 
about faith, from a heading in my Bible. 

"So faith without works cannot be called faith. 
Faith without works is dead. A dead faith is worse 
than no faith at all. Faith must work; it must 
produce. Verbal faith is not enough. Mental faith 
is insufficient." This is the kind of faith Peter 
had when he said, "Lord, I am ready to go with thee, 
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thee, Peter, the cock shall not crow this day, 
before that thou shalt deny that thou knowest me." 
(Luke 22:33-34) "Faith must "be there; but it must 
be more that words. It must inspire action. 

"Faith endured trials. Trials come and go but a 
strong faith will face them head-on and develop 
endurance. Faith understands temptations. It will 
not allow us to consent to our lusts and slide into 
sin. Faith obeys the Word. It will not merely 
hear and not do. Faith produces doers." It also 
produces humility. "Faith harbors no prejudice. 
Faith and favoritism cannot coexist. Faith 
displays itself in works. Faith is more than mere 
words: it is more than knowledge; it is 
demonstrated by obedience to God's Word." 

When we see this type of conduct demonstrated in 
the lives of men and women, we know they are 
drawing on the endless resources of God's power. 
It produces a person of experience, patience, love, 
and understanding. 

Do I have faith? I do if my verbal as well as 
my living testimony is the same as the Apostle 
Paul's was: "I am crucified with Christ: never- 
theless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in 
me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I 
live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, 
and gave himself for me." (Gal. 2:20) 



Thomas Royer 
Goshen, Indiana 



FINANCIAL INTEGRITY 

Most readers of these lines will likely be those 
who grew up in homes with a strong emphasis on 
diligence. This is good. It is scriptural. God 
wants us to be good stewards of our time , talents , 
amd means. 

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thrifty person. Here lies a considerable danger to 
our Christian testimony. We all like to get a 
bargain. This is basic to our nature. There is 
nothing wrong with buying something that is "on 
sale" or marked down for some other reason. 

Is it proper, however, for a Christian to go 
farther than this and try to drive a hard bargain — 
to try to talk someone down to a cheaper price? 
How many of us who are in business ourselves 
appreciate it if someone tries to talk us down in 

price? How many who work for wages would appreciate 
having the boss keep trying to get you to work for 
a lower wage? I believe few, if any, of us would 
appreciate this. Our Lord said in Matthew 7:12, 
"Whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do 
ye even so to them. " 

He also repeatedly taught that we should have 
love to one another, even to those who abuse or 
take advantage of us. Could anyone honestly say 
that trying to get financial advantage or drive a 
hard bargain is an expression of love to others? 
If not, we need to examine it a bit more closely. 
Does not driving a hard bargain cause the other man 
to accept less than a fair price, or maybe even a 
loss? Instead of love, isn't this an expression of 
selfishness? 

The Apostle Paul in I Timothy 6 speaks of those 
who suppose that gain is Godliness and says those 
who desire to be rich "fall into temptation and a 
snare and into many foolish and hurtful lusts which 
drown men in destruction and perdition." 

Instead of this, he says our trust should be in 
the living God and that we should strive to be rich 
in good works; willing to give to others. Each of 
us whose life has been committed to the Lord is to 
be His representative or witness to those we meet. 
We should be following His example. If our trust 
is in God, our treasure is in heaven, His love is 
in our heart, and we love His children, we will 
want the best for them. Wouldn ' t our testimony be 
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admonition in I Corinthians 10:24, Let no man seek 
his own, but every man another's wealth"? 

If we deny our selfish nature and dilligently 
live for Christ and for the good of others, then, 
by God's grace, we will receive the most wonderful 
bargain in history! Salvation from sin, freedom in 
Christ, and eternity in bliss I All this for giving 
up the bondage of selfishness and sin I What a 
bargain I 

See, a bargain I a bargain I Ah! 

The very thing I need! 

Oh, how the nature that's in us 

Is so inclined to greed! 

The very best is what we want, 

And then we want it cheap. 

Oh see! We're filled with selfishness! 

Unchanged, what grief we'll reap. 

To earthly treasures we're inclined 
But if our Lord we'd see 
This nature we must overcome, 
Our values changed must be. 

Our Savior said, "Deny yourself, 
And daily follow me." 
Give up the best for others' needs, 
And then you can be free. 

If earthly things are not our god, 
Our lives they won't control. 
Their use for good will be our way, 
A Heavenly home our goal. 

— James Beery, Nappanee, Indiana 



Someone has said, one of the greatest evidences 
of God's love to those who love Him, is to send 
them afflictions with grace to bear them. 

— Simon Summers 



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TRAPS 

What is a trap? You might bring up pictures of 
mouse traps, spring jaw traps, snare traps, and 
"havahart" cage traps. These are effective in 
catching small animals. I was facinated in 
elementary school when we learned of men long ago 
who, without guns, would drive huge elephants into 
pits by concealing the opening with branches. The 
plains Indians used to drive buffalo over a bluff 
or cliff to kill them. All these are traps. Men 
often use bait with a trap or some other means to 
entice the animal in. 

Have you ever been trapped? Most of the 
references to snares and traps are about tempt- 
ations from the devil. God doesn't deceive and 
trap us, but Satan does try to. Paul writes in II 
Timothy 2:25-26, "In meekness instructing those 
that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will 
give them repentance to the acknowledging of the 
truth; And that they may recover themselves out of 
the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by 
him at his will." 

The snares of the devil seem synonymous with 
temptation, and this can take many forms. According 
to I Timothy 6:9 the rich are particularly 
susceptible: "But they that will be rich fall into 
temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and 
hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and 
perdition." We are rich by any standard, unless it 
would be by comparison to our neighbors. The 
Scripture says, "they that will be rich," so it 
applies to an attitude toward riches. "Foolish and 
hurtful lusts" could very well include the desire 
for things. We see a new tool, a toy, a kitchen 
device, a vehicle, a book, and we want it. Many 
things are now within our means that would not have 
been even 50 years ago. "Extravagance is wrong, 
even if we can afford it!" 

Physical, immoral lusts are another snare. The 
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and almost acceptable unless we have God's hatred 
for sin. Someone has asked recently, "Do we really 
hate sin, or do we just hate the consequences?" One 
of our textbook writers points out that war results 
in broken homes when many young men are killed. But 
more homes are being broken now and not from war. 

Doctrinal errors are another trap Satan lays for 
us. We should study our Bibles that we be not 
deceived into trusting in man or leaving the true 
reverence for God's holiness. Let us aspire to be 
like Him through the blood of Christ and the power 
of His Holy Spirit. 

Strife and envy, pride and foolishness are all 
snares that can trap our souls. We read that 
eccesiastical pride is the worst kind. This is the 
"holier than thou" attitude in Isaiah 65:5. 

Animals have been known to chew off a leg to 
escape from a trap, so great was their desperation. 
Only God can deliver us from the snares of Satan — 
and then only if it is our desire to be freed. May 
we be enlightened to detect and escape these snares. 

— L.C. 



OBITUARY 

RAYMOND PHILIP GARBER, son of Milton and Lizzie 
(Thomas) Garber was born November 9, 1908, in 
Montgomery County near Dayton, Ohio. 

He departed this life Saturday evening, February 
15, 1992, at the age of 83 years, 3 months, and 6 
days at the Rest Haven Nursing Home at Greenville, 
Ohio. 

In 1929, he answered the call of the Master and 
was recieved into the Old Order German Baptist 
Church by baptism. 

On January 24, 1932, he was united in marriage 
to Hazel Irene Wampler. Hazel died January 31, 
1933, the day after giving birth to stillborn twin 
sons. 

On November 9, 1933, he was united in marriage 
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sons and 5 daughters. One daughter died in infancy. 

They lived in Montgomery County, Ohio, until 
1945, when they moved to Miami County, near 
Covington, Ohio, where he engaged in farming. He 
was installed in the office of deacon, and later 
into the ministry, serving several years as an 

elder. 

In June , 1970 , he and his companion were 
baptized into the Old German Baptist Church, in 
which faith he remained faithful until he was 
called home by his Master. 

On December 13, 1976, his companion was taken by 
a heart attack and answered her Master's final call. 

He leaves to mourn his departure 3 sons: Donald 
of Waverly, Kansas; David of Bradford, Ohio; and 
Kenneth of Tuolumne, California; and 4 daughters: 
Thelma Wagner of Bradford, Ohio; Kathryn Denlinger 
of Bradford, Ohio; Myrna Frantz of Covington, Ohio; 
and Lois Rife of Greenville, Ohio. 

He is survived by two half brothers: Emanuel 
Garber of Greenville, Ohio; and William Garber of 
Arcanum, Ohio; 35 grandchildren, and 10 
great-grandchildren. 

He suffered from a prolonged illness of 
Parkinson's disease and received much comfort from 
the anointing service on several occasions. For 
the past 10 years he lived in a nursing home. 

Though he will be missed by his family, 
neighbors, and friends, we must say, "The Lord gave, 
and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name 
of the Lord." 

On Wednesday, February 19, after short sevices 
at Jackson Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill, Ohio, the 
funeral was conducted at the Sugar Grove Meeting 
House at 10:00 a.m. by the home brethren. Scriptures 
read wer^ Psalm 27 and Philipians 1 with the text 
taken nam verse 21: "For to me to live is Christ 
and to die is gain." Hymns used were 398 at the 
funeral home, 399, 232, 403, 423, and 393 at the 
church and 400, 526, and 86 at the cemetery. His 
body was laid to rest at the Sugar Grove Cemetery. 

--The Family 



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Pfetorical 



"BASIC OR GROUND SEARCHING QUESTIONS" PROPOSED 
TO ALEXANDER MACK AND HIS BRETHREN BY EBERHARD 
LOUIS GRUBER. (Continued) 

QUESTION 15: Were, then, all those who lived 
and died after the time of the early Christians who 
did not receive baptism in the original form 
completely lost and damned even though they 
faithfully observed the rules of Christ and true 
Christianity in all other respects — some even 
spending their blood and lives for it — only because 
they were content with their baptism received in 
infancy out of ignorance or lack of a higher 
motivation? 

ANSWER: If they had the same experience as 
Abraham when he offered his son, namely, that they 
had the true faith in Jesus, which is the 
foundation of all the rules of true Christianity, 
they were certainly saved. They were certainly 
saved even if they had not obtained outward 
baptism, perhaps in times of persecution or because 
of other circumstances. However, if they thought 
that their infant baptism was valid, then they were 
of course ignorant of the fundamentals of the 
Christian religion. They will probably have lived 
up to the fundamentals of Christianity to a small 
degree or not at all. They will scarcely have 
achieved the new creation which alone is acceptable 
before God. Still, we will not judge those who 
have lived many years ago, but leave them to their 
God. However, similar ignorance of men today who 
perhaps oppose baptism because of lack of knowledge 
will not help them at all on the Day of Revelation. 

QUESTION 16: Does not the commandment of 
baptism apply also to children, as did the 
commandment of circumcision in the Old Covenant? 
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forfeiting their salvation as long as they are not 
baptised? Also, will they not be damned if they 
die without baptism? 

ANSWER: Just as circumcision did not concern 
children before the eighth day — to have circumcised 
before the time would have been a violation of 
circumcision--the baptism commanded of believers 
does not concern children before they are able to 
profess their faith. The eighth day of circumcision 
is a prefiguration of this. 

QUESTION 17: Were children damned in the Old 
Covenant who died without having received 
circumcision? If so, how are the comforting words 
of David (II Samuel 12:23) to be understood which 
he spoke about his child conceived with Bathsheba 
that died on the seventh day? 

ANSWER: The children who died before the eighth 
day had violated the commandment of circumcision as 
little a3 the female infants who were not 
circumcised at all, which did not hinder their 
salvation in any way. Enoch led a godly life, 
attained many hundred years, and was not 
circumcised; yet he was obedient to God, for that 
was not demanded of him. This is the way of God's 
commandments: where there is no law, there is no 
violation; where there is no violation, there is no 
punishment. 

QUESTION 18: At what age then are the children 
to be baptised? Is it not proper to use all 
diligence to help them to be baptized as early as 
possible even in their infancy? 

ANSWER: Children are to be presented to the 
Lord Jesus in prayer, but baptism should be delayed 
until they are able to prove and profess their 
faith. This may be considered the "eighth day" or 
the first day of the new creation of a person. If 
they were to be 1 jptized in their state of 
Ignorance, it would oe as if the Jews had practiced 
circumcision before the eighth day. This would 
have been a violation of circumcision rather than 
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QUESTION 19: Are not the children as capable of 
being baptized as of having faith (according to 
Luke 1:41-44; Matthew 18:3; Luke 18:16,17; I 
Corinthians 7:14, etc.) even though they do not 
know how to express this with many words as do the 
adults? Is this not in accordance with the Word 
(Mark 16:16) that it is not so much a matter of an 
easily deceptive oral profession as the truth of 
faith itself? 

ANSWER: There is only one example of this in 
Scripture. John was moved in his mother's womb 
through the Holy Spirit because he was a child of 
the promise and was a forerunner of the Lord. Yet, 
it is obvious that he could not have been 
circumcised in his mother's womb but only after he 
was born. Despite this, they waited for 
circumcision until the eighth day. Therefore, even 
the moving of Saint John did not cause a change in 
the plan of God concerning circumcision. Rather, 
he was circumcised like all other children on the 
eighth day. 

It is exactly the same with baptism. Even if 
the children of believing parents were to move in 
their mother's wombs, they would have to wait with 
baptism until they were born. Again, once they 
were born, they would have to wait until they were 
moved by the Holy Spirit to desire baptism with 
specific words. Only then might they be baptized, 
because outward water baptism requires an outward 
expression of desire, as may be seen from Christ 
himself. (Matthew 3:13) This desire must be 
effected by the true faith in the Lord Jesus. 
Otherwise, it is not permissible to baptize a 
child. Salvation is not dependant upon the water, 
but only upon the faith, which must be proved by 
love and obedience. 

— from European Origins of the Brethren 
by Donald Durnbaugh 



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UNCLE ERNEST'S MEDITATIONS 

OUR HOPE 
Romans 5:3-5: "And not only so, but we glory in 
tribulations also: knowing that tribulation 
worketh patience ; And patience, experience; and 
experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; 
because the love of God is shed abroad in our 
hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. M 
So we should be glad God patiently works with us to 
fit us for His Kingdom. 

MONEY 
Apostle Paul said; "The love of money is the root 
of all evil." Ve see it is the same in our life 
time as it was then. Our nation, and local 
interests are in great confusion over money matters. 
God gave Moses a law to handle their money matters 
by having an adjustment every seven years, with a 
complete adjustment every fifty years. They were 
not to charge usury among their own people. This 
practice of interest and compound interest has 
reached a climax in our time, I believe, with no 
remedy. 

Ernest Wagner 



COMMUNION MEETING NOTICE 

We, the members of the Old Brethren Church in 
California, have agreed to hold our Spring 
Lovefeast, the Lord willing, at Salida on April 4 
and 5. We sincerely welcome all to come and be 
with us at this time of communion and revival. 

— Joseph L. Cover 



CORRECTION 

In Buford Flora's and Michael Harper's 
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BIBLE STUDY 

Once again we gathered in the basement of the 
Miwuk church to sing and study God's Word. We are 
studying through Acts, one chapter at a time* The 
seventh chapter is often labeled "Stephen's 
defense." Stephen faced that angry mob with a holy 
boldness and recounted the history of the children 
of Israel. He brought it all the way up to the 
building of the temple of Solomon's day, and it was 
pointed out that he used Moses as a type of Christ 
our Saviour. Someone wondered why Stephen went 
through all this history, and we had a good 
discussion on that. It may have been a custom of 
Israel, since we read of Paul's doing it too. He 
may have been saying, "We are of the same back- 
ground. I know the law and the prophets." Or 
maybe he was trying to make them see that this 
Jesus is not someone new but the Saviour fulfilling 
prophecy. 

A comment was made on verse 32. The first two 
words God spake there are "I am." This refers to 
diety. It is seen throughout the Bible as God or 
Christ. 

Stephen had a scathing report for the Jews. 
They did not accept God or His Son, Jesus Christ. 
They resisted the Holy Ghost. Is the Spirit of God 
any less strong today? Should we not speak out 
against sin just as he did then? 

We had some very good explanations on some of 
the words amd phrases that some of the children 
asked about. — Peter Cover 



back into His arms, give us a song of joy again. 

"My little children, these things write I unto 
you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have 
an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the 
righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: 
and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the 
whole world." (John 2:1-2) —Martha Wagner 



FOR YOUTH: LUKEWARMNESS 

When we first find salvation in Jesus Christ, our 
spiritual walk with Him is most joyful* Indeed our 
whole life changes. We greet each minute with a 
joyful thought or song in our hearts or on our lips. 

But we can be sure that Satan is not happy! He 
goes on overtime to destroy us, and, being human, 
we are prone to slow or stop in our walk with the 
Lord. Our minute by minute walk with the Lord may 
become less than a day by day walk. Soon all we may 
be doing is going to church and social gatherings, 
and may not even realize what has happened. Even 
the thought of Bible reading may seem boring. 
Satan is pleased, and God is crying in pain. 

"I know thy works, that thou art neither cold 
nor hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and 
neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my 
mouth. Because thou sayest, I am increased with 
goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not 
that thou art wretched, and poor, and blind, and 
naked : I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in 
the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white 
raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the 
shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint 
thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see." 
(Revelation 3:15-18) 

Lukewarmness does not affect only you. Others, 
even much older brothers and sisters, could be 
looking up to you. They can often see the change 
in you and be brought low. 

What has Jesus done to deserve this? Is it not 
enough for us that He was wounded and killed for 
us? Must we crucify Him afresh? Must we drive the 
nails deeper into His flesh? 

Ah, brothers and sisters, take a. good look where 
you stand. Is it a good environment? Or is Satan 
ruler there? 

Christ Jesus stands with tears of love in His 
eyes, waiting to forgive us for our injustice. 
Though little do we deserve it, He will take us 

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CHILDREN'S PAGE: WE CANNOT HIDE 

When will Mother get home, and how is she coming? 
Susan, Bill, and Joe were anxious to see their 
mother after a long week of absence. They wanted 
to have the house clean when she got home. Then 
they could just visit for awhile. Oh, how good it 
will be to have Mother home again I When Mother 
left she gave each of the children a job to do. 
They were to have the jobs done when she got home. 
Susan and Bill had finished their work. Joe was 
too busy playing and didn't have time to do his 
work. Early the next morning a car turned into 
their drive. Three anxious children were trying to 
see who it was. Sure enough it was Mother. Susan 
and Bill went running out to meet her. Joe was in 
the house looking out the window. When Mother 
started coming toward the house, Joe hid in his 
bedroom. Now Joe was just as glad to see his 
mother as Susan and Bill. But he knew she wouldn't 
be happy because he hadn't done his work. 

Someday Jesus is coming back to earth. He is 
coming in the clouds, and everyone will see Him. 
If we are living the way Jesus wants us to, we will 
welcome Him with open arms, like Susan and Bill. 
Remember how guilty Joe felt. He hid when his 
Mother came in the house. All the people that are 
like Joe will want to hide from Jesus when He comes 
in the clouds. The Bible says they will want the 
mountains and rocks to fall on them. We all know 
there is no hiding from Jesus. Let us all live 
lives so we can welcome Jesus with open arms. 

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"Dearly beloved, 1 beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
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THE UNVEILED CHRIST 

Once our blessed Christ of beauty 
Was veiled off from human view; 
But through suffering, death and sorrow 
He has rent the veil in two. 

Now He is with God the Father, 
Interceding there for you; 
For He is the mighty conqueror 
Since He rent the veil in two. 

Holy angels bow before Him, 
Men of earth give praises due; 
For He is the Well-Beloved 

Since He rent the veil in two. 

Through out time and endless ages, 
Heights and depths of love so true; 
He alone can be the Giver 

Since He rent the veil in two. 

behold the Man of sorrows, 
behold Him in plain view; 
Lol He is the mighty conqueror, 
Since He rent the veil in two. 
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"HAVE THOU NOTHING TO DO WITH THAT JUST MAN..." 

With these words Pilate's wife warned him not to 
condemn Jesus. And Pilate would have heeded the 
warning if he could have. He tried to release 
Jesus instead of Barabbas. He tried to satisfy the 
crowd by having Jesus scourged. He tried to shame 
them by presenting this battered prisoner as their 
King. And when he saw that they claimed loyalty to 
Ceasar and accused him of not being a friend to 
Ceasar, he called for a basin of water and washed 
his hands before them saying, "I am innocent of the 
blood of this just person: see ye to it." 

The song says, "Jesus is standing in Pilate's 

hall... What will you do with Jesus?" 

Truly Jesus stands before us now, but it is not 
He who is on trial. Now we are on trial and the 
question is "What will we do with Jesus who is 
called Christ?" Some will undoubtedly try to heed 
the advice of Pilate's wife and "have nothing to do 
with that just man." But is this possible? Could 
Pilate ignore Him? Did washing his hands relieve 
his guilt? 

People react today like they did then. The 
crowd followed the persuasion of their leaders in 
turning against Jesus and clamoring for His death. 
Less than a week before, they had been enthusiastic 
for Him as He rode into Jerusalem. They laid their 
garments on the ground for His donkey to walk on. 
They hailed Him with palm branches and shouted 
"Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that 
cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the 
highest." With that crowd of people favoring Him, 
how could it happen that less than a week later, 
they were crying for His crucifixion? Even if the 
crowd were a different group of people, how could 
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enthused for the Lord when the atmosphere is right. 
But how easily we change, or be silent, or hide our 
loyalty, or decide not to get involved. May God 
help us to be steadfast for Him, for by ourselves 
we are easily moved. 

Peter was so confident and willing even to fight 
for Jesus. But when Jesus 1 trial was going on, 
Peter was shamefully denying that he even knew 
Jesus. All the disciples forsook Jesus at His 
arrest. We might make excuses for them saying they 
just did not understand. We could make excuses for 
Pilate, too. But the fact of the matter was that 
human weakness was not able to stand the test. No 
more can we in our own strength. 

How is this choice made in our time? Though the 
song says "Jesus is standing in Pilate's hall," yet 
we know that is a figurative statement. How do we 
either confess Him or betray Him in our time? Like 
them, we need help from above in the daily 
decisions we must make. 

We must confess Him before men. Somehow it must 
be known by our manners, our speech, our appearance 
that we are God's children. In the days of Jesus' 
time on earth there were secret disciples such as 
Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea. But after 
Pentecost we don't read of secret followers. They 
received power to be witnesses unto Jesus "both in 
Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and 
unto the uttermost part of the earth- " They were 
to proclaim to all men that they (and we) were 
Jesus' disciples by their love for one another. 

We must also reckon with issues that are not 
public. We can confess or deny Jesus in our 
private lives . Or perhaps we may think that our 
private lives are our own and we will "have nothing 
to do with that just man" then. Actually, what we 
do privately will vitally affect our public 
testimony. George Mueller, famous for establishing 
orphanages for thousands of homeless children in 
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soliciting help except from God. God answered and 
supplied the needs. When he was asked the secret 
to his success, George Mueller replied, "There was 
a day when I died utterly to George Mueller, to his 
opinions, preferences, tastes, and will; died to 
the world, its approval or censure; died to the 
approval or blame of even my brethren and friends. 
Since then I have studied to show myself approved 
only unto God... I love holiness; yes, I love 
holiness more and more." We don't want to teach 
that we should ignore the help and advice of 
faithful brethren. But if we are personally 
committed to God, the rest will be in proper 
perspective. 

The world is beautiful around us with flowers 
and verdure of springtime. We are favoured with 
prosperity and freedom. But the question remains, 
"What will you do with Jesus?" The song continues: 
"I'll be a friend to Jesus; My life for Him I'll 
spend..." We cannot refuse to choose. By the 
power of His Holy Spirit we can live for Him. 

Have nothing to do with that just Man the Christ. 
Live your life and enjoy to the full. 
It is nothing to you if He died for the lost. 
Are you responsible? 

But what will I do when He calls me to come? 
When He offers me life evermore? 

Can I do my own thing and be blessed at the last? 
Is that what He died for? 

No, give Him your time and your talents and will 
He will come for His own by and by. 
You will want Him to own you as one of His sons. 
Will you live on high? 

Jesus is standing with arms open wide 
He wants you to know Him as King, 
Eternity echoes with praise to our Christ. 
You too can sing. — L.C. 



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BEARING FRUIT 

One of the profound and easily understood truths 
that Jesus taught while among us was that the proof 
of knowing Him would be evident in what is flowing 
from our bosom. As the Scripture hath said, "Out 
of our belly shall flow rivers of living water." 

It is quite evident there is no exception for 
anyone in this. When fruit bearing ceases we have 
severed ourselves from the vine. We are cast forth 
as a branch and withered. We become useless, ready 
to fuel the fire. 

Nature teaches us that bearing fruit is possible 
only through respecting the laws of nature. That 
is, the branch needs to be attached to the vine. 
We know what happens when a branch is severed from 
the vine — it soon withers and dies. This is the 
principle Jesus taught when He said, "Except ye 
abide in me ye can not bear fruit." 

To be part of God's vineyard and to be able to 
bear fruit to the honor and glory of God is made 
possible only by God's love to us through His Son, 
our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. 

Jesus said, "I am the true vine and my Father is 
the husbandman." Only through the husbandry of 
fruit bearing can we become part of the vine 
through the process of grafting. In nature, the 
process of grafting is that the vine has to be 
wounded, the branch must be placed in the wound, 
and it must stay attached to the vine. The life 
from the vine will find its way into the branch and 
be its source of life and ability to bear fruit. 
The branch will bear more fruit as it grows and 
matures. 

God has invited us to be part of His vineyard. 
The vine has been wounded, made ready for us to 
place ourselves in Him so our life might be 
sustained through Him. If our life is sustained 
through Him, there will be fruit to His honor and 
glory according to every man's ability. From the 



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widow that gave a mite to rich Zacchaeus who gave 
half of his goods to the poor. From the lowly 
fishermen to the highly educated Apostle Paul. 
From the martyr Stephen to the Apostle Peter as he 
revealed the sin of Ananias and Sapphira. Either 
five talents or one. 

Fruit bearing that brings honor and glory to God 
is the testimony of Jesus Christ. 

Kenneth Martin 
Nappanee , Indiana 



"AND PETER FOLLOWED AFAR OFF" (Luke 22:54) 

They were in Gethsemane. They had just finished 
praying together, although in actuality the 
disciples hadn't prayed all that much, for they 
kept falling asleep. Perhaps they weren't sure 
what to pray for. He had told them, "Pray that ye 
enter not into temptation." (v. 40) But what did 
He mean by that statement? They didn't know. 
Jesus was acting rather strangely lately, but 
nevertheless, they were prepared to go to their 
death for their Master King! (V. 33) What a 
statement to make I It was their famous last words. 
Much easier to speculate about than to live it out. 

Then, the multitude camel They didn't just 
come, they had torches, staves, and swords; a small 
army of men prepared to fight! (v. 52) And with a 
KISS, the Man was captured and identified. No 
resistance whatsoever. 

The disciples, on the other hand, were having 
second thoughts about going to their death right 
now! One of them cut off the high priest's 
servant's ear with his sword, (v. 50) Of course, 
Jesus reprimanded him and put the ear back on. 
Imagine, a miracle performed in front of their 
eyes, and it didn't phase their hardened hearts! 
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you were coming after a robber J I've been with you 
in the temple every day and you didn't touch me I 
But, the time has come, and the deathly power of 

darkness," (v. 52,53) "Man of Sorrows, What a 
Name ! " 

"Then they took Him." (v. 54) Mark says that 
the rest of the disciples forsook Him and fled (Mk. 
14:50), but Peter followed afar off. He was 
curious as to what was going to happen. John says 
that another disciple followed Jesus, and it was 
most likely John himself. John also records that 
Peter was not able to get through the door until 
John spoke to the doorkeeper. John was well known 
to the High Priest, so no doubt was well known to 
the doorkeeper as well . ( John. 18: 15-17 ) It is 
also significant that Peter's final denial of Jesus 
was not before an armed soldier, but before a 
simple servant girl who opened and closed the door! 

Now Peter is in and what does he do? He tries 
to conceal himself among the other people! He acts 
like them. He curses like them. He warmed himself 
at the fire of the world. How tragic! 

Are Jesus' disciples today still following from 
afar off? Do you keep your distance? Are you just 
curious about what is going to happen? Are you 
letting money, possessions, houses, family, cows, 
jobs, etc., come between you and Jesus? They're 
not worth it if you are. It's time to evaluate our 
position in this world. 

Do you have the spirit of being a "pilgrim and 
stranger" in this world of sorrow and care? Of 
being spiritually removed from this world? We must 
be. The only way to do it is through Spiritual 
Power — that of Jesus. The ear is a small, 
insignificant thing, but think of the immense POWER 
it took to fuse it back onto the high priest's 
servant's head. 

The way to this Power is through belief and 
faith. This is obtained through immersing (almost 
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much prayer and patience and learning, we obtain. 
We've heard the popular and true phrase, "there is 
Power in Prayer. " Power and Prayer go together. 
This Power is the Holy Spirit. 

How do we know we have this Power? I think at 
times we can ac tually FEEL i 1 ! No t always tho ugh , 
and we shouldn't rely on feeling. There are 
evidences listed in Galatians 5:22,23, and refer- 
ring to this Scripture I quote Samuel Chadwick: 
"In newspaper English the passage reads something 
like this: 'The fruit of the Spirit is an affec- 
tionate, lovable disposition; a radiant spirit, and 
a cheerful temper; a tranquil mind and a quiet 
manner; a forbearing patience in provoking circum- 
stances and with trying people; a sympathetic 
insight and tactful helpfulness; generous judgement 
and a birr-souled charity; loyalty and reliableness 
under all circumstances; humility that forgets self 
in the joy of others; in all things self-mastered 
and self-control which is the final mark of 
perfection. ' How striking this is in relation to 
I Cor. 13'" How strikingly different from the 
spirit of the world! This is how we can know we 
are following close to Christ I 

"Look ye saints, the sight is glorious! See the 
Man of Sorrows now! From the fight returned 
victorious: Every knee to Him shall bow!... Crown 
the Saviour King of kings!" 

— Ron Cable, Goshen, Indiana 



UNCLE ERNEST'S MEDITATIONS 

SONS yiD DAUGHTERS 
II Corinthians 6:17,18: "Wherefore come • out 
from among them, and be ye separate, saith the 
Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will 
receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye 
shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord 
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been adopted into. We cannot fully envision it 
until we are resurrected in new bodies to see and 
enjoy the reality of it. 

BAPTISM OF FIRE 

Psalm 139:23-24: "Search me, God, and know ray 
heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if 
there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the 
way everlasting." Acts 14:21-22: "And when they 
had preached the gospel to that city, and had 
taught many, they returned again to Lystra, and to 
Iconium, and Antioch, confirming the souls of the 
disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the 
faith, and that we must through much tribulation 
enter into the kingdom of God." So we see the Lord 
works with us all our lives to prepare us for 
heaven. 

SATAN'S TEMPTATIONS 

The Lord allows Satan to tempt us to make us 
realize how weak we are. The Lord allowed David to 
fall into a great sin in his moral life. Also in 
I Chronicles 21:1, we read: "And Satan stood up 
against Israel, and provoked David to number 
Israel." So we see if we allow ourselves to feel 
confident in self, that is our weakest time. The 
fact that God gives the true report of the times of 
the faithful ones that have lived before us, should 
encourage us to trust the Lord and believe He will 
deliver us from this present world. 

EXAMPLES FOR US 
I believe the apostle Paul 's writing to the 
Corinthian church reveals the various opinions that 
are apt to rise in a church in the busy strife of 
today. We are apt to choose one leader and close 
our ears to all other teaching. The Bible is 
written to present the teachings of Jesus to the 
whole world. 

— Ernest Wagner, 

Modesto , California 



OBITUARY 

Our beloved Edna May Baker, the youngest daughter 
of Daniel John and Lottie (White) Reaman, was born 
on December 22, 1915. 

Her early days were spent in pleasant rural 
activities, and she attended Concord Public and 
Richmond Hill High Schools, completing 13 grades at 
the age of 161 Her choice was to stay home on the 
farm while her sisters became school teachers. 

On March 3, 1937, she married Amos Baker, and 
she moved across the road to the family that had 
stood as neighbors for four generations. 

As a child, she was carried to this little white 
church, and she had deep love and respect for the 
plain people. This encouraged her to go with her 
husband when she confessed Christ and was baptised 
and joined the Old Brethren Church in September, 
1948. She attended almost every service in this 
building during her life time, the last time about 

two weeks ago. 

Mother had unusually good health and was known 
for her industry until after her 70th birthday when 
she fell with her anuerisms. Later other health 
problems took great grace and strength. 

Her greatest joys were her garden and her 
family, all of whom she was intensely interested 
in, and who, in turn, so lovingly cared for her in 
her hours of trial. 

Those gone before are her parents ; her sisters , 
Ruth Perkins, Jean Denby, and Mary Leek; and a 
granddaughter, Betty Baker. 

Those who miss her most are her husband of 55 
years, Amos Baker, and their four children: Paul 
and Mary Baker, Maple, Ontario; Martha and Leslie 
Cover, Tuolumne, California; Mary Ann and David 
Martin, Dalton, Ohio; and Elizabeth and John 
Drudge, Wroxeter, Ontario; the 21 grandchildren; 
and 2 great grandchildren. Also her only brother, 
Isaac and Ruth Reaman, and brothers-in-law, Floyd 
Perkins and Lawrence Denby and sister-in-law, 
Bertie Baker. 

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peaceful. How we will miss her! The Christian 
melodies she sang as she washed and ironed are part 
of us now. Her fascination of history, talent in 
writing, and keen memory are gone now. Also her 
wit and smile. Her hospitality knew no limits. 
She set such a fine example of frugality for her 
family. We point to the great God she served and 
say "How great Thou art" and "To God he the glory!" 

Funeral services were held on April 4th at the 
home, conducted by Elder Leslie Cover and at the 
Baker Cober Church by Elder Melvin Coning and Elder 
Kenneth Martin and Pastor Ken Smith. Her body was 
laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery where lie 
her ancestors of several generations. 

— The Family 

I will meet you in the morning, 

Just inside the Eastern Gate 
Then be ready, faithful pilgrim, 

Lest with you it be too late. 

If you hasten off to glory, 
Linger near the Eastern Gate, 

For I'm coming in the morning, 
So you'll not have long to wait. 

Keep your lamps all trimmed and burning; 

For the Bridegroom watch and wait; 
He'll be with us in the morning 

Just inside the Eastern Gate. 

Oh, the joy of that glad meeting 
With the saints who for us wait! 

What a blessed happy meeting, 
Just inside the Eastern Gate I 

I will meet you in the morning 
Just inside the Eastern Gate over there; 
I will meet you in the morning; 
I will meet you in the morning over there. 

— I. G. Martin 



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"BASIC OR GROUND SEARCHING QUESTIONS" PROPOSED 
TO ALEXANDER MACK AND HIS BRETHREN BY EBERHARD 
LOUIS GRUBER. (Continued) 

QUESTION 20: Does it not run counter to the 
evangelical character of the New Covenant to make 
an outward ceremony indispensably necessary for 
salvation? Is this not rather identical with the 
doctrine of the Old Law-zealots against whom Paul 
wrote so emphatically in his letters to the 
Galatians and the Colossians? 

ANSWER: We do not make of outward baptism 
anything else than what is commanded by Scripture . 
Since it says that believers should be baptized, we 
consider it disobedience to oppose that which God 
has commanded. Whoever opposes God in one thing- 
-even if it as insignificant as outward baptism- 
-such a person will be properly punished for his 
disobedience. However, I do not think that a 
single commandment of the Lord Jesus dare be 
considered insignificant, if we consider the power 
and might of the Sovereign without reluctance. 
Concerning that about which Paul wrote to the 
Galatians and Colossians, it has only to do with 
the laws of the servant Moses, because they were 
too weak, (see Hebrews 7:18) The Galatians wanted 
to follow these laws in order to be spared the 
cross of Christ and to set aside the teachings of 
Jesus. Paul reminded them of the baptism when he 
wrote: "Per as many of you as were baptized into 
Christ have put on Christ." (Galatians 3:27) 
Consequently, Paul is not at all against baptism, 
but rather for it. 

QUESTION 21: If baptism is made an absolutely 
necessary commandment for salvation, will this not 
introduce a new papacy, and bring about salvation 
by works? 

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above that we do not seek to earn salvation with 
these simple works, but by faith in Christ alone. 
If it is to be a saving faith, it must produce 
works of obedience. Where that faith is not 
present which produces obedience (not according to 
the pope's doctrine and command but rather by the 
command of Jesus the crucified), then no salvation 
is promised for a single work done without faith. 

QUESTION 22: Can the outward ban be an essential 
part of the church of Christ, when Christ Himself 
did not practice or enforce it even upon Judas, who 
was wicked through and through? 

ANSWER: The ban is an essential and necessary 
part of the church of Christ, as long as it remains 
in combat here in this wicked world among wolves 
and evil spirits. There can be no church of Christ 
without the ban. Otherwise, the devil and his 
leaven of wickedness would soon contaminate the 
good. The true believers have never rejected this, 
insofar as they have remained in the faith. They 
have considered it an evidence of divine grace and 
the great love and solicitude of God. They have 
used it as a firm wall around the church of the 
Lord. 

Concerning Judas, we maintain that Christ did 
sufficiently exercise the ban upon hira. He turned 
him over to Satan so that he hanged himself. The 
fact that he was not placed in the ban by Jesus 
before his outward act is not against the ban, but 
rather in its favor. This has always been the plan 
of God, as can be seen in Adam. He most probably 
had had contact with the Tempter before, but he was 
not driven from Paradise until he had actually 
eaten of the forbidden fruit. Similarly, Judas 
had earlier considered treachery, but the long- 
suffering Jesus had borne with him, tolerated him, 
and urged him to repentance, until evil finally 
gained the upper hand and committed the evil deed. 
After that, he came sufficiently under the ban of 
Christ. The ban was practiced properly upon Judas. 
— from European Origins of the Brethren 
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BIBLE STUDY 

For our Bible study we considered Acts 8, a very 
interesting chapter. Brother Will first asked the 
young folks to recite their memory verses. 

The last of the seventh chapter tells of the 
stoning of Stephen, and now the first of this 
chapter introduces Saul, the one thought to be "in 
charge" of that first martyrdom. It tells of the 
vehemence with which he persecuted the church and 
the authority that he could wield. 

Verse two mentions how devout (or true and 
sincere) men carried Stephen to his burial and wept 
for him. 

Someone pointed out two different places, verses 
eight and thirty-nine, where it tells of the joy 
that the believers had at this time. Following 
Christ is joyous and always will be. 

This chapter also takes in Philip and his 
travels for the Lord. In our chapter he traveled 
about 140 miles preaching all the way. He may have 
gone on horseback some, but it is possible he 
walked a good share of the way. Would we do this? 

And while he was traveling he was given the 
experience of witnessing to an Ethiopian eunuch. 
No doubt the eunuch was an honest and sincere man. 
He was in charge of the queen's treasury which 
shows to us he was honest. He was reading the Old 
Testament which shows him to be sincere. He was 
converted, and history records that the Ethiopian 
church was strong very early, maybe from this early 
convert's witnessing. 

Philip also preached in Samaria and encountered 
Simon the sorcerer who was baptized with water but 
was not sincere. Baptism does not solve every 
problem; we must be sincere and continue to strive 
to do what is right. I hope that Simon found 
forgiveness and made things right before it was too 
late. 

— Peter Cover 



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FOR YOUTH 
B efore the hills was I brought forth. 
E arthly judges rule by me. 
T he man that heareth me is blessed. 
T hey that hate me love death. 
E arly seekers of me shall find me. 
R iches and honour are with me. 

T he evil way and the f reward mouth do I hate. 
H e that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul. 
A 11 desirable things are not comparable to me. 
N ow therefore hearken unto me, ye children. 

G od possessed me in the beginning of the way. 

btain favor of the Lord by finding me. 

L ife is also found in me. 

D urable riches and righteousness are with me. 

Who Am I? 
Find the answer amd much more in Proverbs 8. 

— Sarah Cover 



ANNUAL MEETING 
The Annual Meeting of the Old Brethren Church 
will be held this year, the Lord willing, on June 
5, 6, and 7 at the meeting house near Wakarusa, 
Indiana. Friday will be council day; Saturday and 
Sunday (Pentecost) will be for public preaching; 
and Saturday evening will be for the Communion 
service. A hearty invitation is extended to all of 
our brethren, sisters, and friends to attend. 

— Melvin Coning 



ADDRESS CHANGE: Darin Crawmer's 

21933 Phoenix Lake Rd. 
Sonera, CA 95370 
(209) 533-3227 



CHILDREN'S PAGE: A STILL SMALL VOICE 

Did you know you have something inside of you 
called a conscience? One time an old Indian was 
asked what his conscience was. He answered, "A 
three cornered something which pricks me whenever I 
turn from the right way. " Have you ever done 
anything that your parents said you shouldn ' t? If 
you have, I know you didn't feel good. Something 
inside of you was hurting. 

A good example of this hurt is Peter. Remember 
how he was asked three times if he knew Jesus? All 
three times he denied that he even knew Him. When 
the rooster crowed, Jesus looked at Peter. Peter 
went out and wept bitterly. Right away when Jesus 
looked at Peter, the hurt feeling was there. We 
should be thankful for this conscience. When it 
starts hurting, we have a chance to do better. 

Here is a poem that I found to share with all 
you children: 

I have a little conscience 
That lives inside of me; 
It certainly is a nuisance 
When bad I want to be. 

It talks to me and bothers me, 
And sometimes I can't sleep. 

It keeps me out of trouble 
When its advice I keep. 

It's nice to have a conscience 

And listen to its voice; 
For between right and wrong 
It lets me have my choice. 

— Everett Oyler 
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VOL. 39 MAY— JUNE, 1992 N03. 5 & 6 

''Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." / Peter 2.11 



GOLDEN HARPS ARE SOUNDING 

Golden harps are sounding, Angel voices ringing 
Pearly gates are opened, Opened for the King; 
Christ, the King of glory, Jesus, King of love, 
Is gone up in triumph To His throne above. 

He who came to save us, He who bled and died, 
Now is crowned with glory At His Father's side. 
Nevermore to suffer, Nevermore to die, 
Jesus, King of glory, Is gone up on high. 

Praying for His children In that blessed place, 
Calling them to glory, Sending them His grace; 
His bright home preparing, Faithful ones, for you; 
Jesus ever liveth, Ever loveth too. 

Refrain: 

All His work is ended, Joyfully we sing; 
Jesus hath ascended: Glory to our King I Amen. 

— Frances R. Havergal 



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God's Power 

A blast shook the ground and reverberated 
through the countryside. Rocks flew Into the air; 
dust settled over the area. The shock cracked 
solid rocks, heaved them from their sockets, and 
made them moveable with the heavy equipment. Once 
again the ingenuity of man had succeeded in tapping 
power resources of God to make an area fit for his 
purposes. 

In a less visable way, this is what can happen 
in the Spirit, but not by the ingenuity of man. 
God has power unlimited to bring to bear forces 
which only He can understand. 

On Pentecost Day nearly 2000 years ago, a crowd 
of Jews was assembled for the feast in Jerusalem. 
In one place , 120 of Jesus ' disciples were 
assembled praying, waiting, and in harmony. This 
group was to become the nucleus of that multitude, 
and that place became the place of action and power. 
God set off a burst of power there that thundered 
around the world, and the rocks are still falling. 

This Holy Spirit power was demonstrated by wind, 
noise, and tongues of fire, but it was in perfect 
control. The 120 men and women began to 
speak — with other tongues (languages) as the Spirit 
gave them utterance. We don't have record of all 
they said. But Peter summed up the sentiment when 
he spoke of fulfilled prophecy, accused the crowd 
of crucifying their Saviour, and called them to 
repentance. He promised them the mercy and 
acceptance of God, the gift of the Holy Ghost for 
them and their children if they would repent and be 
baptised in the name of Jesus Christ. 

3000 men and women felt the power of God that 
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same terms- 

Dynamite and TNT can pulverize rocks. The power 
of God's Holy Spirit can melt hard hearts. It can 
change stony lives amd make them useable for God's 
purposes. The rocks we blasted stood in the way of 
a building project. They needed to be broken up. 
Without God's powerful operation upon us, we remain 
stones in the way. 

Sometimes we are too big in our own eyes to be 
useable. We need to be broken, moved, and placed 
by God in His building. Jesus told a parable about 
proud husbandmen who desired the profits and a 
vineyard that did not belong to them. They stoned 
the servants of the Owner and finally killed His 
Son to obtain that vineyard. He told the Jews that 
the kingdom would be taken from them because 
evidently they were like those husbandmen. Then 
He said, "And whosoever shall fall on this stone 
shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, 
it will grind him to powder." Broken stones make 
good building material. God wants to place us in 
His building for eternity. Will you be there? 

I Peter 2:5 "Ye also as lively stones, are built 
up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer 
up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus 
Christ." --L.C. 



UNCLE ERNEST'S MEDITATIONS 

ANGELS: MINISTERING SPIRITS 

Hebrews 1:14: "Are they not all ministering 
spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall 
be heirs of salvation?" We are unable to 
comprehend the great extent of God's preparation to 
bring salvation to all believers, all over the 
world. Jesus said that not one sparrow would fall 
to the ground without His Father's notice, and we 
are of more value than many sparrows. So we can be 
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CARNAL POWER 

Luke 22:24: "And there was also a strife among 
them, which of them should be accounted the 
greatest." I Corinthians 3:3: "For ye are yet 
carnal; for whereas there is among you envying, and 
strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk 
as men?" So we see the Spirit of meekness and 
charity should prevail among believers. 

OUR FIRST LOVE 

Acts 13:37: "But he, whom God raised again, saw 
no corruption. Be it known unto you therefore, men 
and brethren, that through this man is preached 
unto you the forgiveness of sine: And by him all 
that believe are justified from all things, from 
which ye could not be justified by the law of 
Moses." So we see the simple truth Paul preached 
to the Gentiles. We read in Revelation some of the 
churches had left their first love. 

MAN'S WEAKNESS 

When God sent Moses to deliver the Jews from 
Egypt, He gave them laws necessary to maintain an 
earthly kingdom with Him in control. But the human 
nature influenced by the knowledge of good and evil 
caused them to believe they could make better laws 
to live by. We find God's laws made provision to 
keep them from becoming rich and poor classes which 
is causing a great problem today. 

— Ernest Wagner 

Modesto, California 



ADDRESS CHANGE 

Martha Wagner P.O. Box 880 

Liberty, KY 42539-0880 



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THE EMPTY TOMB— VICTORY 

Nearly I960 years ago, just outside Jerusalem, a 
body was placed in a tomb and a stone was rolled 
into place at the entrance. Watchmen were commanded 
to keep watch over the tomb so no one would try to 
take the body and make any claim of some kind of 
miracle. That body was the body of Jesus Christ, 
God's only begotten Son. Jesus was crucified, taken 
down from the cross, and placed in that new tomb. 
While He was yet alive, He plainly told the people 
He would die and in three days rise again. Somehow 
this did not leave much of an impression on them. 
Their spirits were low, and they were sad to see the 
One whom they believed in and trusted, die, and go 
to the grave. 

Had that tomb still contained the body of Jesus, 
you and I would be sad and have nothing to look 
forward to; but praise God, three days after He 
was put in that tomb, He was resurrected, came out 
of the tomb, and was alive. He walked and talked 
with those whom He talked with before His death. 
We do have a lively hope. "Blessed be the God and 
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to 
his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a 
lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from 
the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and 
undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in 
heaven for you*.." (I Peter 1:3,4) 

Satan tried his best to prevent Jesus from doing 
His marvelous work of His death and resurrection, 
but he failed. By His perfect, sinless life, Jesus 
was able to give a perfect sacrifice to God for the 
sins of the whole world, and by His powerful resur- 
rection He had victory over death, destroying the 
works of Satan. See Hebrews 2: 9-15 • We now have 
this lively hope and serve a living Lord, Who has 
gone to heaven as great High Priest, and is seated 
on the right hand of the Father interceding for us. 
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fear of death or the grave. Jesus Christ obtained 
the victory for us. Psalms 49:14-15 says, "Like 
sheep they are laid in the grave; death shall feed 
on them; and the upright shall have dominion over 
them in the morning; and their beauty shall consume 
in the grave from their dwelling. But God will 
redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he 
shall receive me." 

The prophet Isaiah spoke of the victory over 
death by Jesus Christ. See Isaiah 2S:14-19« Notice 
verse 18 — "covenant with death disannulled". 
Also see Isaiah 25:8: "He will swallow up death in 
victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from 
off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall 
he take away from off all the earth: for the Lord 
hath spoken it." Hosea 13:14 says, "I will ransom 
them from the power of the grave; I will redeem 
them from death: death, I will be thy plagues; 
grave, I will be thy destruction..." 

In Acts 4f Peter and John had just preached to 
the people the resurrection from the dead through 
Jesus. It upset the priests and the religious 
people of that day to the extent they laid hands on 
Peter and John and put them in prison over night. 
The Apostle Paul was put in prison many times for 
his bold preaching of the resurrection from the dead 
by Jesus Christ. See Acts 24:21, Acts 26:1-8, and 
Acts 26:22-23. 

In Acts 17:16-34, Paul saw the whole city of 
Athens wholly given to idolatry. He knew the 
people of Athens needed something to put their 
faith in, something to give them hope and turn them 
from idols to serve the true and living God. He 
preached to them Jesus and the resurrection. It 
seemed so strange to them, many believed not. 
Still some did believe and held to Paul's teaching. 
Paul's labor was not in vain. 

In John 11, we read the account of the death of 
Lazarus, whom Jesus raised from the dead. Jesus 
purposely tarried while Lazarus was sick, waiting 
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power. Finally, Jesus went to Bethany where Lazarus 
had been placed in a tomb and a stone rolled at the 
door. He had been dead four days when Jesus 
arrived. Martha met Jesus on the way and talked 
with Him saying, "Lord if you had only been here 
sooner my brother had not died." Jesus said, 
"Martha, your brother will rise again." Martha 
believed he would rise in the resurrection at the 
last day; but she failed to know Jesus was the 
Resurrection and Life. 

Now let us notice a few verses in I Corinthians 
15, known as the resurrection chapter. Verses 
12-18: "Now if Christ be preached that he rose from 
the dead, how say some among you that there is no 
resurrection of the dead? But if there be no 
resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: 
And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching 
vain, and your faith is also vain. Yea, and we are 
found false witnesses of God; because we have 
testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he 
raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not. For 
if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: 
And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye 
are yet in your sins. Then they also which are 
fallen asleep in Christ are perished." How drastic, 
If Christ be not raised we are yet in our slnsl And 
if Christ be not raised, those that have died with 
faith in Christ are perished with no hope for them. 
I Corinthians 15:20: "But now is Christ risen from 
the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that 
slept." (or died) 

We now look for the return of our risen Lord to 
come and call to life those in the grave. See 
I Corinthians 15:52-57. When Jesus comes and 
changes us from mortal to Immortality, from 
corruptible to incorruption, then will be brought 
to pass the saying: death is swallowed up in 
victory. "Thanks be to God which giveth us the 
victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." This 
victory comes to us by His empty tomb I960 years 
ago, by His powerful resurrection. We have great 
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"Therefore, beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, 
immovable, always abounding in the work of the 
Lord, forasmuch as ye know your labor is not in 
vain in the Lord." Continue preaching Jesus 
Christ, the resurrection, and His empty tomb. What 
victory! He is coming soon. See I John 5:4-5. 

— Alvin Wray 
Pomona , Kansas 



Background Scripture: 
Matthew 7:20 
Devotional Reading: 
Matthew 25:31-46 

BBEARING FRUIT 

Jesus made it clear that the results of knowing 
Him would be evident by what springs from our 
life. Also this is how we can know them that are 
His: "By their fruits ye shall know them." 

Jesus continues His teaching by showing us that 
the claims we make of ourselves don't prove that we 
are bearing fruit to His acceptance. Fruit that 
pleases Him must come from an act of the will, 
springing from God's love in us, which is a 
visable, tangible blessing to our fellowmen, that 
God may be glorified. Not with eye service, as men 
pleasers but as the servants of Christ, doing the 
will of God from the heart. 

The sole purpose of fruit bearing is for God's 
joy and pleasure — that His love might teach and 
bless mankind through those that bear His name. 
Fruit bearing is God's present witness and 
testimony in this dark world, revealing His kingdom 
of light and love. 

"That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons 
of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked 
and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights 
in the world." (Philippians 2:15) 



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Let your light so shine before men, that they 
may see your good works, and glorify your Father 
which is in heaven." (Matthew 5:16) 

"Having your conversation honest among the 
Gentiles; that, whereas they speak against you as 
evildoers, they may by your good works, which they 
shall behold, glorify God in the day of 
visitation." (I Peter 2:12) 

"As we have therefore oppportunity, let us do 
good unto all men, especially unto them who are of 
the household of faith." (Galatians 6:10) 

--Kenneth Martin 
Nappanee , Indiana 



"Basically the inner need of the church is 
twofold. It needs the fruit of the Spirit to live 
effectively for Christ and the gifts of the Spirit 
to serve effectively for Him." 

From Spirit Fruit by John M. Drescher 



RESPONSIBILITIES FOR WOMEN 

The aged women likewise , that they be in 
behavior as become th holiness, not false accusers, 
not given to much wine, teachers of good things; 
That they may teach the young women to be sober, to 
love their husbands, to love their children, To be 
discreet , chaste , keepers at home , good , obedient 
to their own husbands, that the word of God be not 
blasphemed." (Titus 2:3-5) 

In this day and age the above Scripture is a 
real challenge to me and I trust to all of us 
women. As a grandmother myself, I would like to 
meet this challenge for myself and encourage the 
young women to do the same. 

In verse 3 I find the need for us older women to 
be in proper behavior which surely pertains to our 
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daily walk in word, deed, and thought. None of us 
have attained perfection in this, but I believe we 
are trying to understand and apply the above 
Scripture the best we know how* I pray that the 
gentlest of hands will take and sift this burden of 
my heart, keep what is worth keeping (truth), and 
with the breath of kindness blow the rest away. All 
truth is of God. 

Verse 4 begins "That they (older women) may 
teach the young women to be sober (wise, having or 
showing good judgment)." Now, I would include in 
this, using good judgment in what and why we buy, 
for one. Do we buy things on sale because there is 
a need or for a good purpose? I cannot truthfully 
say I always do. In Proverbs 31 : 18 it says, "She 
perceiveth that her merchandise is good." Another 
interpretation says, " She sees that her trading is 
profitable." (NIV) 

Verse 5 says that they should also teach the 
young women to be "keepers at home." I sincerely 
appreciate that our young mothers don f t think it 
wise to work outside the home unless there is a 
need beyond their control. This is something to be 
thankful for. Is there something we could fall 
into similar to working away from home? 

As I look back to the time I was still a little 
girl at home, I am reminded that my mother was 
truly a "keeper at home." Mother didn't drive, so 

her going shopping was limited to once a week at 
the most. Mother kept a list of our needs so that 
we would have what we needed until she could go 
again. I remember Daddy, Mother, and us children 
all going to get groceries, etc. We would all go 
together, or one of them would stay with us at 
home. Daddy worked away from home, so this had to 
be done in the evening mostly. Mother didn't 
expect my grandparents, a friend, or a neighbor to 
keep us while she went shopping or for her own 
pleasure for the day. When emergencies came up, my 
grandmother was always glad to help out. Where 
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careful to consider the needs of our children in 
this realm? I recently heard it said that "If we 
want our children to respect us when we are old, we 
need to respect them in their needs now too." 

I can say from experience that shopping can "be 
quite a burden with small children along. In this 
perhaps Daddy can help Mother in easing her 
burden. I realize money wasn't quite so available 
in our home, but do the trips to town need to be so 
frequent if we plan ahead? 

I sometimes hear mothers say they wish their 
husbands could be at home and not work away. I can 
assure you that God is able to see you through this 
setting too. When we four older children were 
teenagers, my family moved into a small town, 
creating another problem for Mother in keeping us 
from running around town with not 1 :,,, rig constructive 
to do. I want to give her credit for the wisdom 
she used in this situation. She got us started 
mowing lawns for older people, and mowing 
cemeteries in the summertime, and delivering a 
paper on our bicycles. We didn't have time left to 
get into much mischief, and it took care of a lot 
of excess energy. Mother kept busy too, thereby 
not only elling how but showing us how to be 
diligent. We read in Proverbs 31:27, "She looketh 
well to the ways of her household, and eateth not 
the bread of idleness." 

We also read in Titus 2:4, "That they may teach 
the young women... to love their husbands." I 
wonder how many wives read the article in the May 
issue of the Young Companion titled "The Head of 
the Home 1 '? It was certainly well written and 
Biblically true. We encourage you to read it if 
you haven't already done so. I Corinthians 11:3 
says, "But I would have you know that the head of 
every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is 
the man; and the head of Christ is God." Once a 
man and a woman marry, would it be proper to go 
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Mother about things husbands and wives should work 
out together themselves? Wouldn't it be wise for 
the new husband and wife to sit down together and 
consider the good teachings they both received 
while living at home yet? Also, as they realize 
the mistakes their parents made, try to avoid them, 
but realize they too will make mistakes even with 
the best of intentions, and try to avoid being 
critical of them. God's order for the home is very 
sacred and you will be spared much grief if the 
wife allows the husband to lead, and he is willing 
to take his place ordained by God. 

Titus 2:5 ends up saying, "That the Word of God 
be not blasphemed." 

May God add His blessing, 

— Betty Beery, Nappanee, Indiana 



IN LOVING MEMORY 

Cecil John Buffam was born Oct. 23, 1903, in the 
small Canadian town of Lanark, Ontario. As a young 
teenager, he started working in a print shop, and 
moving from location to location he ended up in 
Boston during the Depression. It was here that he 
became as expert proof-reader. 

It was in Boston, that he began attending the 
Park Street Church. It was here, in his early 
thirties that he felt the call of the Lord and 
yielded his life to God. 

John decided he wanted to be a missionary, so he 
spent the next five years preparing for this by 
attending Moody Bible Institute, Wheaton College, 
and Dallas Theological Seminary. John felt he 
wanted to serve as a missionary to the Jewish 
people of India. So in late 1941, he left for 
India to begin his work and join his future bride. 

Eunice Estella Scott was born March 1, 1911, on 
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gave her life to the Lord. After hearing mission- 
aries speak, she dreamed of heing a missionary. 
Because the family needed financial support, Eunice 
(16) took one year of teachers 1 training and began 
to teach. 

She spent the next several years teaching, and 
for six summers she attended Moody Bible Institute. 
It was here during her last summer that she met 
John Buff am. Enroute to India, Eunice stopped off 
in Dallas, Texas, to visit John. He promised to 
write and pray for her. After three years of 
correspondence, John wrote asking if Eunice thought 
they could "work in India together." While Pearl 
Harbor was being bombed, John made his way to 
Calcutta, India. Three weeks later on February 12, 
1942, they were married. Their children, Anne, 
David, and Sharon arrived in rapid succession. 

They spent most of the next 18 years in India. 
In 1958, the family returned to the USA and settled 
in Wisconsin near Eunice's family. John returned 
to India for three more years, and on his return 
they moved to Lafayette, Indiana. For awhile 
Eunice worked as a nurses ' aid at Home Hospital, 
where Kevin, her first grandson was born. 

They later moved to Rockland, Maine, for four 
years, then moved to Rhode Island for their 
retirement. It was here that they first heard from 
Kevin's adoptive parents. They prayed for Kevin 
every day for almost 18 years, calling him "little 
Abe." It was their desire to see him before they 
left this world. Their wish was realized in the 
spring of 1985 when Kevin went to neet his 
biological family. The Oyler family later went to 
spend a week with the Buffams. 

With daughter Sharon and family back from 
Thailand, John and Eunice followed them to North 
Carolina and South Carolina. Their last move was 
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On November 11, 1991 $ after several difficult 
weeks, John's spirit calmly left for his new home. 

A week after John' s death, Eunice had a stroke. 
Although doctors felt she might not recover, she 
was almost back to her daily walks. Then apparently 
another severe stroke hit and in several days she 
drifted into a coma. On February 2, 1992, she went 
to be with Jesus and John whom she missed so much. 
They had spent almost 50 years serving each other. 

They leave behind their children: Anne, David 
and wife Bea, Shari and husband Ned, and nine 
grandsons. 

We have visited with John and Eunice many times 
over the years and feel we have been richly blessed 
by learning to know and love them. Our last visit 
together was just two months before John's death. 
Although not in good health, they made the trip from 
Virginia to Indiana to attend our daughter's 
wedding. They were not blessed with any grand- 
daughters so they "adopted" our girls as their own. 

We have many happy memories of time spent with 
John and Eunice. They left behind a living example 
of serving God and anyone from all around the world 
whom they came in contact with. 

— Everett and Nancy Oyler 



ANNUAL MEETING 
The Annual Meeting of the Old Brethren Church 
will be held this year, the Lord willing, on June 5, 
6, and 7 at the meeting house near Wakarusa, 
Indiana. Friday will be council day; Saturday and 
Sunday (Pentecost) will be for public preaching; 
and Saturday evening will be for the Communion 
service. A hearty invitation is extended to all of 
our brethren, sisters, and friends to attend. 

— Melvin Coning 



BIRTH 
ROYER — A daughter, Sophia June, born April 29 
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FOR YOUTH 

This month in Bible Study we focused on Acts 9 
which tells of Paul's conversion on the road to 
Damascus and of the start of his powerful ministry 
for the Lord. 

Prior to his conversion, Saul was very zealous 
in persecuting the Church. In fact, he was on the 
way to Damascus to persecute the Church there when 
the Lord struck him down. However, the Lord had 
mercy on him because, as Paul mentions in Timothy, 
he did it in ignorance. 

What did Jesus mean when He referred to Paul as 
"kicking against the pricks"? It is very likely 
that the work of persecuting the Christians did not 
bring a great deal of satisfaction or fulfillment 
to Paul ' s life . It is possible that his conscience 
was bothering him also. This reminds us of the 
seriousness with which God views our actions toward 
others. As He says in Matthew 25, "Inasmuch as ye 
have done it unto one of the least of these my 
brethren, ye have done it unto me." 

There are several other people in the ninth 
chapter of Acts that are outstanding examples of 
faith. Ananias acted on " j's command and went to 
heal Paul even though he knew of Paul's reputation. 
Barnabas had the courage to place his trust in Paul 
and befriend him even when none of the other 
disciples believed him. 

The subject was brought up of how God sees our 
hearts and our motives. We as Christians need to be 
careful not to "put people in a box" or form 
opinions about them based only on their past. 

Being a Christian takes a constant enthusiasm 
and hunger for God's Word in order to be prepared 
for the resistance and suffering we are bound to 
meet along the way. But we can be assured that 
just as God was with Paul, Ananias, and Barnabas, 
so He will strengthen us in our trials. 

— Eddie Wagner 



CHILDREN'S PAGE: LET'S HELP OUR MOTHERS 

Who is your best friend on this earth? Who else 
could it be besides Mother. We love our best 
friends. Mother has an unending love for her chil- 
dren. The Bible has a lot to say about godly 
Mothers. Titus 2:5 says they should have good judg- 
ment, be modest and pure, be keepers at home, be 
honest and upright, and be in subjection to your 
father. When mothers are like this, the Word of 
God will not be evil spoken of. Children with 
Mothers like this are the richest children in the 
world. 

Are you willing to help your Mother with her God- 
given duties? Here are ten ways that you can honor 
Mother, not just one day, but every day. 1. Look 
pleasant. 2. Speak softly and kindly. 3« Do your 
work well. 4« Do not wait to be told every little 
duty; surprise her by doing things she hasn't told 
you to do. 5* See how many times you can save her 
steps by running errands. 6. Put your clothes in 
the right place; then she won't have to help you 
find them. 7* Tell her you are thankful for what 
she does for you. 8. Notice when she is tired, and 
be quiet. 9» Say to her sometimes, "I love you." 
10. Pray for her. Remember you won't always have a 
Mother. Be your best to her NOW. I don't have a 
living Mother anymore. Many times I have been 
sorry for the grief I caused her. I hope you can 
take the above advice, and you will always be 
thankful you did. 

"Honor thy Father and Mother; (which is the 
first commandment with promise;) That it may be 
well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the 
earth." (Ephesians 6:2,3) 

— Everett Oyler 

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RESURRECTION POWER 

Ah I Idle tales, the worldling says, 
When told of dying love; 
And of the resurrection power, 
These wonders from above. 

Ah I Idle tales, it cannot he, 
The dead shall rise again; 
That life continues after death, 
We'll die, and that's the end. 

This is untruth from Satan's mind, 
That dying will be all; 
That we'll lie down and never rise 
To answer that great call. 

Oh I May it never idle seem, 

This greatest truth of all; 

The dead shall rise no more to die I 

We're ransomed from the fall. 

The dead shall rise; believe this truth; 
It's not an idle tale. 
Believing this, our lives will change; 
At death, we will not quail. 

Great freedom this belief will bring; 
We will not fear to part; 
For this is not the end you see; 
It's where true life will start. 
. — James Beery 



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HEART DEVOTION—OUTWARD DISPLAY 

Reactionary as men are, there has been a 
continual struggle between the outward display and 
the inward reality of the Christian faith . 

Two of the comparisons Jesus made to the 
Pharisees were the cup and the platter and the 
whited sepulchres. He said they made clean the 
outside of the cup and the platter "but within they 
are full of extortion and excess." He said they 
were like sepulchres or tombs that were white and 
beautiful outwardly, "but are within full of dead 
men's bones, and of all uncleanness. " 

The Lord brought various influences to bear upon 
our forefathers when they set out to organize what 
became the Brethren Church. The three legal 
churches, Lutheran, Reformed, and Catholic, had 
settled into tolerant formalism. Each had its own 
district. All of the ministers were also state 
officials. Their empty formalism simply reflected 
the spirit of the world around them. The manner of 
dressing was with much display but without 
practicality amd personal cleanliness. The spirit 
of the age was compared to the wigs they wore. They 
were "powdered and perfumed" and of "towering 
dimensions" but they concealed filth and even lice 
within. 

A more powerful influence for good was the 
growing pietism both within the state churches and 
also separated from them. The pietists rejected 
the formalism and outward show and concentrated on 
the inner work of the Spirit. They called for a 
return to Bible study, but understandably reacted 
against outward forms and organization. 

The Brethren owed much to pietism but felt a 
need for a more literal obedience to the Word. 
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sincere In their efforts to know and do the will of 

God. 

What does all this mean to us? The issues are 
still alive — perhaps not so much at the decision- 
making level of the brotherhood, but certainly- 
alive and vital in the experience of each 
individual brother and sister. Will we display the 
fact that we are Christians and neglect our inner 
communion with the Lord? Or will we try to walk 
with God in our hearts and become careless about 
how we come across to others? 

We know that through the power of the Spirit 
there Is victory even in this struggle. Jesus 
said, "If ye love me, keep my commandments." Paul 
wrote, "If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk 
in the Spirit." The Lord told Samuel when he was 
looking for the king among the sons of Jesse, 
"•..for man looketh on the outward appearance, but 
the Lord looketh on the heart." 

Jesus didn " t say the sepulchres shouldn ' t be 
white. He didn't criticise the Pharisees for 
making the cup and platter clean on the outside. 
But when we try to make a good appearance and have 
hard or dishonest hearts, it is wrong. Could we 
not also mistakenly try to have fellowship with 
God and neglect to carry out the things He has told 
us to do--or to do them half-heartedly or 
apologetically? 

Followers of Christ, those born into God's 
family and redeemed by the blood are to let our 
lights shine before men and not hide the candle 
under a bushel. Without trying to be critical of 
other Christians, still it is impossible to miss 
noticing a drift in many areas. Divorce and 
remarriage can be explained away as permissible if 
the hearts have been converted. "Spiritual" women 
are holding offices in the churches in direct 
contradiction to Paul's epistles. "Be not 
conformed to the world" is taken to mean only the 
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practice. 

We need to be fully persuaded and not apologetic 
for the issues of God's Word. If we believe the 
women should be covered in prayer, let us not make 
the covering smaller and less of a covering. If we 
believe we should conform to Jesus in plain, modest 
type of clothing, let us not dress as close to the 
latest styles and colors as we possibly can and 
still be a little different. If our children need 
to be taught obedience, let us not be influenced by 
the latest philosophies, and avoid the Bible way of 
training and discipline — the only way that works. 
Jesus said regarding washing one another 1 s feet, 
"If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do 
them." Ecclesiastes 9:10 says, "Whatsoever thy 
hand findeth to do, do it with thy might..." 

May our choices in reading and study, our buying 
decisions, our eating and sleeping habits, our 
manner of conversation in public — in short, our 
very practice of daily living — conform to what we 
profess in our hearts. May pleasing Jesus be our 
highest aim in both our inner devotion and in our 
outward practice. 

Pharisee or you and me, 

Both must have true hearts, you see. 

Hearts to match what we profess; 

Lives to show that we confess 

Jesus Christ as Lord and King 

As our praise to Him we bring. 

We must choose or we will lose; 
When we constantly refuse 
God's own way both in and out 
Believing what we shout about, 
We then only show that we 
Wear the shoes of a Pharisee. 

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VESSELS OF HONOR 

"If a man therefore purge himself from these, he 
shall be a vessel unto honor, sanctified, and meet 
for the master's use, and prepared unto every good 
work." (II Timothy 2:21) The Revised Standard 
Bible reads, "If anyone purifies himself from what 
is ignoble, then he will be a vessel for noble use, 
consecrated and useful to the master of the house, 
ready for any good work." 

Whether cans, jars, pitchers, buckets, or 
kettles, vessels play an important part in our 
lives. Pood, water, and other commodities must be 
contained until they are needed. Generally vessels 
are designed to store, transport, and dispense 
their contents. The Lord uses you and me to store, 
transport, and dispense His Word. (I Corinthians 
6:19) 

A vessel must have a large enough opening. Our 
sisters use wide mouth jars in preserving large 
peaches. The beautiful peach halves would have to 
be cut in smaller pieces if a standard fruit jar 
was used. Blessed is the person who has a wide 
opening of faith to receive from the Lord. If 
doubt, fear, and self-will are subtracted from 
faith it leaves but a small opening for God to fill 
us. What we receive can only be small pieces. 

Care must be taken when dispensing the contents 
of the vessel. Many times I have put gasoline in 
the lawn mower without using a suitable funnel. 
What a waste I If we use what the Lord entrusts to 
our care without the proper procedure, much effort 
and resource can be wasted. May we make ready use 
of the funnel of God's Word. Take the modern 
ketchup bottle for an example of gross inefficiency 
in precise dispensing. Could it be that the Lord 
has to shake and pound to get any results out of 
us? Maybe our religious zeal has become so cold 
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small opening of time we give for the witness to 
others. 

We would not think of putting drinking water in 
a dirty jug or flour in a soiled canister. 
Likewise the Lord may be reluctant to send his Holy 
Spirit into the vessel of a mind that is soiled and 
contaminated with frivolous and wayward thoughts . 
When we clean the vessels of our minds from 
unwholesome thoughts let us refill them with the 
pure water of God's Word. 

Thus as we face life's daily challenges, may we 
continuously commit our lives and our minds to the 
will of the Lord so we may be vessels of honor 
which can effectively receive and dispense what the 
Lord entrusts to us. 

— Joseph Wagner 

Modesto, California 



FRIENDS 

"This is my commandment, that ye love one 
another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no 
man than this; that a man lay down his life for his 
friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I 
command you. Henceforth I call you not servants; 
for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth; 
but I have called you friends; for all things that 
I have heard from my Father I have made known unto 
you." (John 15:12-15) 

We can live more righteous lives if Jesus is our 
Friend, and we walk with Him, and He with us. 
Jesus 1 promise is, "I will never leave you, nor 
forsake you. " 

Abraham was called the friend of God because he 
believed God and obeyed God. 

"A man that hath friends must shew himself 
friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh 
closer than a brother." (Proverbs 18:24) 

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because we are so wonderful. Jesus doesn't change 
us so He can love us, He loves us so He can change 
us, that we can choose to be His friend. 

Friendship is two-sided. Friendship is costly. 
Jesus gave His life for us, for each one of us. 
His love is large enough for every one of us. "He 
loved me, ere I knew Him." May we love one another 
by loving Him. 

Jesus cares enough for us to listen to us. We 
can talk to Jesus. We must be touched by others 1 
griefs and discouragements. We must open our 
hearts and care enough for one another to listen 
and help one another. "The eyes of the Lord are 
upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto 
their cry." (Psalm 34:15) 

Jesus wants us to love one another as He has 
loved us. Jesus said, "As many as I love, I rebuke 
and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent." 
(Revelation 3:19) 

A true friend doesn't want his friend to be 
overtaken in a fault and to see him fall. We are 
to rebuke with all longsuf fering and humbleness 
with love toward one another. Bear ye one 
another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. 
(Galations 6:2) 

A true friend doesn't flatter you, but loves you 
enough to confront you when they see a mistake . 
Peter and other Biblical heroes fell and were 
restored through the oceans of God's grace. 

— Mary Lavy 

Camden, Indiana 



IF ONLY THEY'D KNOWN 



Out of the city the howling mob came, 

Their jeers and their taunts rent the air, 

Pushing and heckling, smiting and cursing, 
A man who His cross did bear. 

Out of the gates and up a broad hill, 



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The man, weak and faint, did fall, 
Unable to carry His cros3 all alone, 

A Cyrenian to help they did call. 
Finally the summit of Golgotha was reached; 

The crowd in a frenzy now stirred 
In nervous excitement, all milling around, 

Awaiting the cross to be stood in the ground* 

The two thieves were deserving, and this they 

well knew; 
But the other was guiltless; the transgressors 

were me and you I 
But to the Jews there was no difference; no slack 

would be given 
To either of the thieves, nor for the Prince of 

heaven* 
Now with crosses in ground firmly planted, 

The crowd grows a trifle subdued 
With arms smugly folded, and lips firmly set, 
The hanging "imposter" they viewed* 

Oh, if only they'd known, and perhaps a few did, 

Who the Man on the middle cross was: 
The one Son of God, Christ Jesus, His name, 

The Leader of the only time cause. 
And if they could have seen, for I'm 3ure it was so, 

The thousands of eyes looking down, 
The legions of angels beneath His control, 

I'm sure they'd have sunk to the ground* 
But He didn't summon one warrior from heaven; 

The guilt and shame freely bore. 
He hung there and suffered, and gave His life's 

blood; 

The rejection, I'm sure, weighing sore. 

Three days slowly passed; Sunday did dawn; 

To the tomb, some women did hurry. 
But who should roll away the tomb's door; 

This seemed to be their one worry. 
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At the door, in plain open sight, 
And a message relayed, which was gladly received, 
Once they had recovered from fright. 

Yes, Christ was arisen, new life had received 

And had broken the bands of the tomb. 
The devil defeated, his power unseated, 

No more shall we fear death's gloom. 
For if we will believe in our Saviour and King 

And look there beyond the grave, 
Enthroned up on high, at the right hand of God 

Sits Jesus, and those who seek Him, He'll save. 

— Benjamin Cover 

Tuolumne , California 



UNCLE ERNEST'S MEDITATIONS 
PERILOUS TIMES 

II Timothy 3:1: "This know also, that in the 
last days perilous times shall come." Then Paul 
gives a long list of evil things that will become 
commonplace in the last days, which are reported 
daily in the news. God appointed the family to be 
the foundation of the human race. And to attempt 
to build without a foundation is failure only. 

OUR HARD HEARTS 

Luke 24:25,26: "0 fools, and slow of heart to 
believe all that the prophets have spoken; Ought 
not Christ to have suffered these things, and to 
enter into his glory?" So we see Jesus spoke 
sharply to his disciples because they still held to 
their unbelief. How about us? We have the whole 
plan of salvation written out for us to accept and 
believe. Yet we may choose to follow our ideas of 
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OUR LIVES 

Psalm 139:14: "I will praise thee; for I am 
fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy 
works; and that my soul knoweth right well." We 
find God planned for us to be His pleasure through 
all eternity. Our bodies were created with nerves 
and blood circulation, and healing powers needed to 
sustain them* But sin disrupted this contact, and 
Jesus gave His life and blood to restore it. 

CHASTISEMENT 

Revelation 3 : 19 : "As many as I love I rebuke 
and chasten; Be zealous therefore and repent.' 1 So 
we see we should never feel satisfied with 
ourselves, and think we need no improvement. 
Perhaps we are not as thankful as we should be for 
the Lord's guidance. — Ernest Wagner 

Modesto , California 



MY CHILDREN FOLLOW ME 



I often think as the days go by 

What a blest person, yes, how blest am I. 

For dear little souls surround me each day; 

They make my path bright, and rich is my pay. 

Their shining faces, so innocent too, 

Are following me, watching all I do. 

f Tis a solemn thought from which I'm not free; 

My little children are following me. 

Some days go smoothly and some are rough; 
I must remember God's grace is enough. 
He's there to help me when trying times come; 
I must look to Him and not come undone. 
My dear little ones are watching to see 
What my reaction to each thing will be. 
Am I still patient? I must be, you see; 
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How eager they are to see my face smile; 
They make a surprise; fold the laundry pile. 
They pick up the toys, and they sweep the floor; 
They do up the dishes and a whole lot more. 
Do I notice then how they've tried to help? 
That pleased, happy face, its joy do I squelch? 
Am I unthankful? I must not so be; 
My little children are following me. 

They want to feel needed and be special too, 
I must be loving in all that I do. 
And when they do wrong must love them enough 
To discipline them and yet not be rough. 
Gentleness must shine in manner and word. 
To think that anger will help is absurd, 
For love begets love — I loving must be; 
My little children are following me. 

How often I fail; I'm so very weak; 

I'm prone to fall short of the goal I seek. 

Look down in mercy, Lord, help me, I pray; 

May I do better as day passes day. 

Although I am weak, I know You are strong; 

And though I may fail, Lord, keep them from wrong. 

Work through me, dear Lord, Your light shine in me; 

My little children are following me. 

Oh, for the wisdom to guide them aright! 

Help me to be working, for soon comes the night. 

I've only one chance; they grow up so fast; 

Opportunity knocks — and then it is past. 

Oh help me, dear Lord, guide my footsteps too. 

May I be leaving footprints that are true; 

Footprints that lead on to a bright eternity; 

My little children are following me. 

--Elisabeth Royer 
Mi sha waka , Ind iana 



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BEARING FRUIT 

Background Scripture: Phil. 1:1-11 
Devotional Reading: II Cor. 4:1-11 

The purpose of bearing fruit that brings honor 
and glory to God, is to keep in remembrance the 
life and testimony of our Lord and Saviour Jesus 
Christ. No other life that was ever lived in this 
world was able to leave this kind of respect and 
influence. For nearly two thousand years since His 
physical life left this earth, men and women have 
been able, through the power of the Holy Spirit, to 
be a living testimony in faith, righteousness, and 
holiness before Him. They have testified in love 
to this dark world in acts of life (which is fruit 
bearing) a message of deliverance from sin and 
death in which all humanity is held. 

The visable act of bearing fruit that honors God 
is a testimony against the darkness of this world 
which will bring it before God's judgement without 
excuse. 

Bearing fruit that honors God is what ignites 
the anger of this world against God's righteousness 
because it reveals the hidden things of darkness. 
This is the reason Cain slew his brother Abel. 
This was the cause of the hatred for Christ and for 
the suffering and death of many of God's children 
from the beginning -till this present time. 

The life that Is bearing fruit that brings honor 
and glory to God is God's final effort to make His 
will known to mankind. By this shall all men know 
you are disciples of Christ if you bear fruit to 
God's honor and glory. 

— Kenneth Martin 
Nappanee , Indiana 



A smile of encouragement at the right moment may 
act like sunlight on a closed up flower, it may be 
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FOR YOUTH 
CHRIST'S INVITING CALL 

"For lo, the winter is past*. •the flowers appear 
on the earth; the time of the singing of the birds 
is come../ 1 (Song of Solomon 2:11,12) 

Spring! What an inspiring time of year! It 
seems this time of revival in nature tends to 
revive, to warm our own hearts as well. 

Can we hear a call? "...Rise up, my love, my 
fair one, and come away." (Song of Solomon 2:10) 
Christ is calling to those He loves, the church, 
His bride who will someday be one with Him. 

What would hold us back from such a pleasant 
call, so full of tenderness and love? A love for 
us so great He gave His own life I A love that 
doesn't force us, but lets us respond. 

There is another love that is calling to us. It 
is a deceiving love — one that would end in 
destruction, though for a season it may be 
pleasant. It is the love of self and the world. 
From this, Christ, whose love is true, would have 
us arise and come away. 

His desire is to cleanse us, to make us holy and 
pure, to nourish and cherish us as His very own 
bride. (Ephesians 5:25-29) How beautifully a 
loving, faithful husband and a loving, submissive 
wife illustrate Christ ' s constant , cherishing love 
to the church and the church's reverential, 
obedient love to Christ I 

If we who are claiming to be a part of Christ's 
bride would always manifest a willing, reverent 
obedience — never once leaving Him for selfish, 
worldly love — what a greater attraction Christ ' s 
call would be to those who have not yet responded I 

What call are we responding to now? May our 
lives manifest that our hearts are with Christ ever 
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Voice of mercy, Christ above, 

Calling still and full of love, 
May our hearts the winter past, 

Be revived by spring at last. 
Hear Thy calling, "Come away" 

Rise and follow Thee today. 
Feel Thy love, Thy cleansing power, 

And Thy nourishment each hour. 
Be Thy bride, revering Thee, 

And Thy cherishing receive. 
Nevermore from Thee to roam. 

Evermore be with Thee one! 

— Miriam Beery 

Nappanee, Indiana 



BIBLE STUDY 

We studied Acts 10 in our last Bible Study. 
This chapter is one that all Gentile Christians 
should rejoice in. It contains the account of the 
first Gentile converts. Cornelius and his family 
were baptized into the church. This took place 
about eight years after Pentecost which means that 
for eight years all Christians were Jews or Jewish 
proselytes. 

Cornelius must have been a humble man, even 
though he was a centurion for the Romans. Verse 
two says he was devout and that he feared God. He 
was known to give alms and he had a consistent 
prayer life. Verse thirty says he was fasting. 
None of this went unnoticed before the Lord. And 
the Lord used him to open up the door to the 
Gentiles — including us. 

This vision Peter saw was a real puzzle to him 
at first, but when he was called to Joppa and 
realized why he was going, it all made sense. No 
doubt this vision had a double meaning. It not 
only meant the Gentiles were accepted, but also 
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I Timothy 4:4, M For every creature of God is good 
and nothing to be refused if it be received with 
thanksgiving." 

Someone mentioned at Bible Study how Cornelius 
tried to worship Peter, and Peter wouldn't allow 
it. What would Peter think if he knew how many 
thousands of people fall down and worship a statue 
of him in Rome and how many pray to him in the 
world today? 

The question was brought up, "Why did they have 
to speak in tongues on this occasion when they all 
understood each other?" And there was one answer 
we thought possible. It may have been for a sign 
to the Jews so they would more readily accept the 
Gentiles. Jesus says that the Jews require a sign. 

Here is one place that seems like baptism is 
stressed. It seems that if anyone could have been 
saved without water baptism it would have been 
Cornelius since he already showed so much faith amd 
had already received the Holy Ghost. But Peter 
commanded them to be baptized in the name of the 
Lord. — Peter Cover 



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BIRTHS 

TAYLOR ~ A daughter, Esther Grace, born May 29 , to 
Bart and Annalee Taylor of Tuolumne, California. 



OBERHOLZER — A daughter, Alexa Dawn, born June 7, 
to Shane and Beth Ann Oberholzer of Nappanee, 
Indiana. 



CHILDREN'S PAGE: LOVE IN ACTION 

If we want to be happy, Jesus tells us we must 
share with others . Give something that is yours to 
others so they can enjoy it. This spring I saw 
living proof of this. The children were gathering 
flowers from the woods behind the meeting house. 
Nancy told them if they would each gather some and 
give them to her, she would make a book mark. 
Several times we found little bunches of flowers on 
the car seat with names of the children on them. 
One Sunday several children brought flowers and 
said, "These are for Jesse. He can't walk in the 
woods very well." 

Dear children, you have caused me to shed tears 
of joy many times. This was another one of these 
times. Jesse was happy, and by your smiling faces 
everyone could tell that you were too. 

As you continue your journey of life there will 
be many more times you can make others happy. You 
are small in size compared to us adults. Many 
times you prove bigger in your honesty and ability 
to help others. There are many "Jesses" who can't 
walk in the woods very well. Pick some flowers for 
them. There is nothing more touching than to see 
young people helping older folks. 

One time Naaman, captain of an army, went to 
another country and took several prisoners. One 
was a little girl. When Naaman got to his home 
country, the little girl was to help Naaman 's 
wife. Naaman was good to the little maid. Naaman 
had leprosy, which was a disease everyone feared. 
The little maid told Naaman 's wife she knew someone 
that could heal him. Naaman took her advice and 
was healed. This little girl indeed helped this 
BIG man to walk better in the woods of this life. 

— Everett Oyler 

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VOL. 39 AUGUST, 1992 No.' 8 

''Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." / Peter 2.11 



PRAYEE 

When the trials of life make you weary, 
And your troubles seem too much to bear, 
There's a wonderful solace and comfort 
In the silent communion of prayer. 

¥hen you've prayed for the sun without ceasing, 
And the showers continue to fall, 
There's a heavenly lift in this wonderful gift 
That God has extended to all. 

From the magic of prayer there comes power 

That will minimize all of your care, 

And you'll gather new hope when you're able to cope 

With the troubles that once brought despair. 

So lift up your heart to the heavens; 
There's a loving and kind Father there 
Who offers release and comfort and peace 
In the silent communion of prayer. 

— Selected by Susie Coning 



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DEFINE YOUR TERMS 

The year was 1954* The place was a crowded, 
noisy hospital cafeteria. Seated around one of the 
many tables eating lunch were about six or eight IW 
boys assigned to work in the Los Angeles County 
General Hospital in place of being inducted into 
the U.S. Army. These boys had one thing in 
common: conscientious objection to military 
service. Aside from that, their views varied 
greatly. Sincere young men are often quite ready 
to take on one and all in defense of their 
understanding of the Word, and these fellows were 
no exception. Some differences of opinion arose in 
the course of the conversation and suddenly one 
young man exclaimed, "Define your terms J" 

Since that day I have come to realize more the 
importance of understanding words. Words can 
legitimately have different meanings. They also 
can be given different meanings by those using them. 
This becomes especially important when we realize 
that the Gospel of Jesus Christ — in fact God's 
dealing with men since the beginning — is 
communicated with words. Unless we know the 
meanings of the words used by the one speaking — in 
this case, God — we don't really know what was 
said. How important then becomes the word of Paul 
to Timothy: "Study to shew thyself approved unto 
God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, 
rightly dividing the word of truth." 

Modern systems of thought develop a special 
vocabulary to put across their ideas. I recently 
read a small list of terms used by the New Age 
Movement. Mostly they were different words from 
those used by true Christianity. But a real 
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terms but attaches different meanings to them. 
"Salvation," for example, means something entirely 
different to a liberal Christian than to us. Even 
the concept of God is different to those who do not 
believe the Bible. 

We were made aware of the need to understand the 
terms we use when we took a young Japanese 
non-Christian girl into our home for awhile. Even 
though she had a fair understanding of English, the 
Bible words were foreign to her. She could 
understand very little of our sermons. And when we 
would read the Bible — even in modern versions and 
the "Contemporary English Version 1 *— she could not 
grasp the great and beautiful thoughts expressed. 
We needed to explain simple words like, "blessed, " 
"fellowship," "eternal," "sin," and "righteousness." 
How important it is that we understand so that we 
may be able to explain. 

The King James Version of the Bible receives a 
lot a criticism for the use of "archaic" words. 
Quoting Homer A. Kent from an article printed in 
The Trumpeter : "The King James Version is becoming 
less and less intelligible to young Americans 
(whether we like it or not), and if its archaic 
expressions do not speak meaningfully to them, to 
that extent it is failing to communicate God's 
inspired revelation." This is perhaps placing 
blame where it does not belong. Young people of 
today do speak the English language. And while the 
Word should not be made difficult to comprehend, 
still we all have a responsibility to learn the 
meaning of words that we might understand. 
Dictionaries have changed little in the last 
generation. In other words, even though the Gospel 
were written in street language, there would still 
be a need to make an effort to understand the terms 
and concepts presented. 

But the good part is that God has given us minds 
to understand and ears to hear and eyes to read the 
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disciples was that the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, 

"shall teach you all things, and bring all things 
to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto 
you* " "He will guide you into all truth. " He will 
do the same for us if we seek to know. He doesn't 
force feed it to minds unwilling to learn. But if 
there is willingness, the simplest minds can grasp 
the meaning of God's promises. Isaiah (55:8) 
writes, "And an highway shall be there, and a way, 
and it shall be called The way of holiness; the 
unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for 
those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not 
err therein." — L.C. 



UNCLE ERNEST'S MEDITATIONS 

TOMORROW 

Matthew 6:34: "Take therefore no thought for 
the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for 
the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is 
the evil thereof." So we see we are only capable 
of handling one day at a time. How often we make 
plans we need to change I We have to be ready to 
follow God's plan for our lives. 

LISTENING 

Perhaps the most important thing to learn is to 
listen to God' s words. John 6:63: "It is the 
spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth 
nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are 
spirit, and they are life." Our ears are made to 
either receive or reject what we hear. Jesus told 
His disciples one time to let His words sink down 
into their ears. 

— Ernest Wagner 

Modesto , California 



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JEALOUSY 

The dictionary says to be jealous is to be 
resentfully suspicious of a rival or his influence. 
This is one area where Satan tries most, if not 
all, of us at times. When jealousy arises in our 
hearts, we become discontent with our position, 
abilities, or possessions and envious of one who we 
think has it better. 

Jealousy seems to be one of the most futile of 
sins. Most sins at least have some fleeting 
pleasure Involved; but one who Is jealous gets 
little, if any, enjoyment from it and is usually 
miserable. Neither does it benefit the one he is 
jealous of. Worst of all, it is a reproach to the 
Lord because in effect we are telling Him that He 
is unjust for not giving us what the other one has 
or is. 

The wise man said In Song of Solomon 8:6 that 
jealousy is cruel as the gravel If someone is 
jealous of you, there Is nothing you can do to 
appease or satisfy him. You can only continue on 
in the situation where the Lord has placed you and 
pray for the other one that the Lord will help him 
to find repentance and victory. 

The Lord blesses all of us with so many good 
things and so many opportunities. How sad if we 
fail to benefit from many of these because we are 
indulging in jealousy I 

Thank God we can be victorious over this sin if 
we are willing to acknowledge it and seek God's 
forgiveness. Best of all, if we live a life of 
thanksgiving for God's many benefits and diligently 
apply ourselves in the opportunities He gives us, 
then there will be very little chance for jealousy 
to enter our hearts. 

— James Beery 

Nappanee , Indiana 



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THE HOLY KISS 

At our spring communion meeting a friend and 
neighbor was present who had not witnessed a 
Brethren Love Feast and Communion Meeting before. 
He knew about communion, but the feetwashing and 
holy kiss were totally new to him. He seemed quite 
favorably impressed by the feetwashing and 
expressed a desire to encourage this practice in 
his own congregation. "It's in there" (The New 
Testament ) , he said . 

However, his comment on the salutation went 
something like this: "That kissing bit, I just 
don't believe I could do that." He did not 
question that this was a New Testament injunction 
and said it was a personal thing with him. He 
explained that he had formerly lived near a large 
city where he had witnessed public expressions of 
homosexuality. This so repulsed him that he "would 
like to punch these people." And this inhibition 
is still with him. 

His comments made me wonder if we should not 
think a little more about how we practice this 
custom. A discreet, dry meeting of the lips, with 
the mouth closed has long been considered to meet 
the requirement and should give no one a justifiable 
reason to accuse us of sensual overtones. 

Homosexuality has come out into the open in our 
time and great effort is being made to justify this 
wicked, perverted behaviour. 

Let us give no occasion to mook the HOLY kiss. 

This is a very shallow treatment of the subject, 
and I would welcome comments from the readers. 



--Harold Royer 
23280 CR 30 
Goshen, IN 46526 



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EXERCISING AUTHORITY IN A PROFITABLE WAY 

The breakdown of parental authority is one of 
the main causes for the child problems and youth 
delinquency of our day. Modern child specialists 
have accelerated the pro bl era with their pernicious 

philosophies of child freedom and parental 
permissiveness. The Biblical time-proven concepts 
and methods are trampled underfoot and are replaced 
by the sure- to- fail fantasies of men. 

Most parents do exercise authority, at least 

occasionally. However, many times discipline is 
not consistent and is administered in the heat of 
emotion, or when the parent has been personally 
offended. The shouting, verbal abusing, and name 
calling that follow are Intended to show who is 
boss. Children learn to endure this, and in the 
process become better educated in the art of parent 
manipulation. 

Scriptural Concepts 

Christian parents should not be affected by the 
changing philosophies and methods of men. We know 
what the Bible teaches, and we believe that 
anything contrary is false and must be rejected. 

The Scriptural concepts of parental authority 
are numerous and are clearly defined in the Bible. 
We will consider two of the more prominent ones. 

1. God holds parents responsible and account- 
able for their children. A child 1 s concept of God 
is largely regulated by the parent. If parents are 
permissive, God will also be depicted as permissive 
and overlooking. If parents exercise consistant 
authority and require obedience, God will also be 
seen in His holiness and authority. 

Authority Is a neocesary element of 
responsibility, and with this responsibility and 
authority always comes iccountability. The job 
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responsible for the men under him, is vested with 
authority by his employer, and is finally account- 
able to his employer for the exercise of his 
responsibility and authority. A similar relation- 
ship exists between God and parents* 

God commands parents to exercise authority over 
their children through the teaching ministry. 

(Deuteronomy 6:7-9) God blessed Abraham on the 
basis of his effective exercise of authority and 
nurture of his family. (Genesis 18:17,18) Eli was 
accountable for falling to exercise authority and 
restraint over his sons. (I Samuel 3*12-14) The 
New Testament is also clear in its teaching on 
child nurture and discipline, which includes the 
use of admonition and chastisement. (Ephesians 6:4, 
Hebrews 12:5,6) The authority image and 
responsibilty is very evident In all these 
Scriptures* 

2. God holds parents responsible to subdue the 
fallen nature of the child. Children are born with 
a sinful nature. "Behold, I was shapen in 
iniquity; and In sin did my mother conceive me." 
(Psalm 5.1:5) "The wicked are estranged from the 
womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, 
speaking lies." (Psalm 58:3) The Old Testament 
ceremonial laws surrounding childbirth also give In 
type the effects of the transmitted fallen nature. 
(Leviticus 12) Romans 5:14-21 Is a New Testament 
commentary on the subject. 

The blood of Jesus removes the personal sin and 
guilt and accountability in the innocent years of 
childhood. But since the sin nature remains and 
the life of the child Is not controlled by the 
power of the New Birth, God has commissioned 
parents as the authority over the child in dealing 
with the expressions of the sinful nature. Failure 
to do so will result in a brazen expression of 
carnality and rebellion and will also reflect in 
the child's concept of God and his later response 
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Because every child has a sinful nature, they 
are "basically the same. The potential for carnality 
is always present. This may express Itself in 
various ways. Some children who seem good may 
merely have discovered a nice way to get their own 
//ay. Some will act cute, others will beg, and 
others will become angry. Certainly, no child is 
good enough to never need correction or 
punishment. But with proper training, a child can 
learn to unpretentiously and willingly submit to 
parental authority. 



Sanctified Attitudes 

The title of this article implies that authority 
can be exercised in an unprofitable way. This Is 
very true. For a parent to merely prove that he or 
she Is boss Is net the answer. Children will soon 
discover parental attitudes and will respond 
accordingly. A number of important things must be 
kept in mind as we exercise authority. 

1. We must exercise authority for the Lord's 
sake. Children are commanded to obey the Lord, and 
parents are responsible to nurture in the Lord. We 
must exercise authority as a representative of the 
Lord. This requires Christian attitudes of love 
and. patience, as well as firmness. 

2. We must exercise authority primarily for the 
child's good. The exercise of authority is not 
primarily to release emotional pressure or to build 
a good reputation for the parent. At times, a 
parent is tempted to show his authority because the 
child has caused an annoyance or has caused seme 
embarrassment that reflects against the child 
training of the parent. It is not fair to severely 
punish the child at this po, i to save the face of 
the parent. 

3* We must exercise authority on a full-time 
basis. Parental authority means more than 
disciplining the child for offenses. It is rather 
a well-rounded program of teaching, example, and 



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discipline. One can soon detect whether the 
parents or the children are In control of the home. 

Some parents are one step behind their children 
and allow the children to take the Initiative and 
make the decisions- Some are stepping with their 
children , and the children become coauthoritles In 
the home. Others are stepping ahead of their 
children, scanning the horizon for approaching 

dangers, setting goals and standards for the 
family, and fulfilling their place as the leader 
and authority in the home. The latter should be 
the goal of every parent. 

Effective Methods 

The subject of authority is not complete without 
considering the need for discipline. The philosophy 
that parents have failed when the child needs to be 
disciplined is not Scriptural. This may be true, 
but is not always the case. 

A few guidelines should be kept in mind when 
discipline is administered. Discipline should be 
suited to the offense, should not be brutal, and 
should be administered under emotional control, 
rather than in the heat of temper or anger. 

Following are some actions that call for 
discipline: 

1. Disobedience. This Includes direct refusal 
to obey, partial obedience, or obeying without a 
cheerful, willing attitude. 

2. Untruthfulness. Tnis includes outright lies 
and also what is commonly called half-truths. The 
problem of a child not telling what they know about 
an issue when questioned or waiting to tell until 
they are driven into a corner is detestable. 
Allowing this problem to develop in the child will 
produce a sly and deceitful disposition that is 
very corrupting. 

3* Inattention. The "I didn't hear," "I didn't 
understand, " and the "I forgot" tactics must be 
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responsibility and ready response. 

4- Misbehavior, Parents must expect children 
to be reasonably well behaved. Misbehavior, such 
as fighting, bad language, and disrespect for 
others, must be corrected. Often the seemingly 
insignificant acts of misbehavior that are over- 
looked lay a seedbed for the developing of many 
vices. 

5* Rebellion. The task of bringing the will 
into subjection is real. A submitted, teachable 
spirit Is our goal. Sulkiness or sassiness after a 
punishment may not be tolerated. If this occurs, 
the punishment was not effective and must be 
repeated with intensity. 

There are two basic methods of active discipline. 
The one is corporal punishment and the other is 
restriction of activity and privilege. Neither are 
the answer In themselves, but a combination of both 
will be needed. The nature of the offense will 
often determine the method of discipline* 

The Bible Is clear on the use of the rod for 
punishment . (Proverbs 13 : 24 ; 19 : 18; 23 : 13 , 14 ; 
29:15,17) Much of the modern-day thinking on child 
training Is contrary to this teaching. Isn't it 
ironic hew the only practical method that the Bible 
gives is so severely attacked? Isn't it also 
unusual how we ourselves are tempted to devalue its 
merit and struggle unsuccessfully with other 
methods? 

The use of the rod should not be and generally 
is not a pleasant task for the parent to perform. 
But we must lay aside our personal feelings and 
sympathies and take God at His Word. 

Three rules for effective discipline are 
discipline early while the will of the child can be 
molded; discipline thoroughly by not quitting until 
the job is finished; and discipline consistently by 
being sensible and applying corporal punishment at 
the proper place. 

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fruit. Children will be content, and homes will be 
happy. Sons and daughters will rise up and call 
their parents blessed. (Proverbs 31:28) The future 
generations will be affected, and only eternity 
will reveal the final results. What a great 
privilege and responsibility to be involved in a 
work that reflects upon eternal destiny. 
By Eby W. Burkholder 
from Light of Life 

— Selected by Herman Royer 



BEARING FRUIT 

Background Scriptures Eph. 5:9-11 
Devotional Reading: I Cor. 13 

Bearing fruit that brings honor and glory to God 
has a quality all its own. It cannot be duplicated. 
It is the proof of God's goodness, righteousness, 
and truth. To be able to bear fruit to these 
virtues of God is possible only by using the 
ingredients God supplies. 

The first and most important ingredient is agape 
love. Without this ingredient it is impossible to 
prove anything for God. We may perform outwardly 
to perfection, but there is no profit in it for us, 
nor Is it acceptable to God. Agape love serves 
faithfully in all circumstances. Agape love's only 
concern is to reveal its source. It has no part 
with the unfruitful works of darkness, but reproves 
them. Agape love brings to our souls the vision of 
God's goodness, righteousness, and truth which the 
world does not know or understand. 

May we be found faithful, serving in agape love. 

— Kenneth Martin 
Nappanee , Indiana 



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OBITUARY 

DEANA SUE and SHANE DEAN FLORY, infant twins of 
Duane and Gayle (Miller) Flory, were born May 29, 
1992* Deana' s life was very brief and Shane was 
stillborn- Although our time with them was very 
short, we have many precious memories of our 
twins. As Deana was hovering between life and 
death, she opened her eyes and squeezed her Baddy's 
finger; not long after, she closed her eyes and 
fell asleep. 

We are so thankful that we were able to see and 
hold our babies right after they were born. 

The twins are survived by their parents; 
grandparents, Fred and Erma Miller, and Norman and 
Myrtle Flory, all of Jasper, Arkansas; great- 
grandparents, Marvin and Ruth Crawmer of Sonera, 
California; Ruby E. Miller of Flora, Indiana; Lloyd 
Miller of Flora, Indiana; and Earl Crist of 
Wakarusa, Indiana; also many loving aunts, uncles, 
and other relatives. They were preceded in death 
by two uncles: infant son of Fred and Erma Miller, 
and Gary Lynn, infant son of Norman and Myrtle 
Flory; great-grandparents, Jessie and Ida Flory; 
and great-grandmother, Adah Crist. 

The twins were buried. June 3, 1992, at the 
Shi 1 oh Cemetery, Jasper, Arkansas* Letting go is 
hard, but we know our precious Deana and Shane are 
safe in the arms of Jesus. 

We want to thank you all for the generous gifts, 
and the many thoughts and prayers during this 
time. Just knowing others are holding us up in 
prayer, has made our burden easier to bear. May 
the Lord richly bless each one. 

— Duane and Gayle Flory 

THE PAIN OF PARTING 

As you do your work each day, 
Painful memories cross your heart, 
And you often think back sadly 



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To the day you had to part — 



From your dear departed loved ones. 
Even now it brings the tears; 
Will it always press so strongly, 
On into the coming years? 
Oh, they say time heals the sorrow, 
And we're glad it is that way, 
For God knows we could not carry 
Such a burden every day. 
So He sends a day of sunshine 
After many days of rain, 
And we find in passing moments 
That we can endure the pain. 
Though at times we think we cannot, 
And we think our heart will break, 
Then we hear a tender whisper, 
"Fear not, child, I won't forsake." 
So we wipe the falling teardrops, 
Meditate on memories sweet; 
We no longer think on parting 
But instead when we shall meet! 
— Author unknown 



BAPTISMS 

We of the Salida Congregation were all happy and 
rejoiced with the angels when Joey Cover chose to 
follow the Master and received Christian baptism on 
Sunday, July 26. May he be faithful and helpful in 
God's kingdom. — Joseph L. Cover 

Again we, the members of the Wakarusa Congrega- 
tion, rejoiced that souls are still responding to 
the call of the Master. Andrew Martin received 
Christian baptism upon confession of his faith in 
Christ, August 2. May he be true to Jesus and 
enjoy the blessing of salvation forever. 

— Melvin Coning 



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FOR YOUTH: GIFTS 

One of the definitions of gifts means a special 
ability or capacity, talent. This is the one I am 
writing of. The other definition, something given 
without charge; a present, ties in very closely. 
The Holy Spirit gives gifts to us if we are in 
Christ and ask for them. Romans 12:6 says, "Having 
then gifts differing according to the grace that is 
given to us... 11 It goes on to name some of the 
different gifts, such as the gifts of prophecy, 
ministry, teaching, exhorting, giving, ruling, 
showing mercy, and so on. Those are just a few. 

When we give gifts we like them to be nice, and 
we give the best we think are suited for that 
person. So it is with the Father above- He knows 
what we need. "If ye then, being evil, know how to 
give good gifts unto your children, how much more 
shall your Father which is in heaven give good 
things to them that ask Him? (Matthew 7:11) We 
should want only the best gifts suited for us. 
"But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet show 
I unto you a more excellent way." (I Cor. 12:31) 

— Rhoda Cover 

May the Giver of gifts give unto you 
That which is good and that which is true; 
The will to help and the courage to do; 
A heart that can sing the whole day through 
Whether the skies be gray or blue. 
May the Giver of gifts give these to you. 
— Selected 



ADDRESS CHANGES 

Stephen Beery 1 s: 67361 C.R. 11 

Chris Crawmer's: 17950 Chapel Hill Court 

Joseph Wagner's: New Zip Code: 95358 
Lloyd Wagner's: 



CHILDREN'S PAGE: LIFE IS LIKE A GARDEN 

We all know what a garden Is. We also know that 
after the garden is planted, little weeds start 
growing. What happens if we let the weeds keep 
growing? They will choke out all the good plants. 
Only weeds will be left- The weeds produce seeds 
and are scattered over the ground. Next year we 
have more weeds. 

God planted the first garden. Everything was 
nice and clean with no weeds. Soon man sinned and 
God was unhappy. He drove man out of the beautiful 
garden. This was the first sin. After man sinned, 
weeds and thistles started growing. Ever since, 
man has been fighting weeds. 

One of our sisters has had a garden for many, 
many years. The garden was kept free from weeds. 
This year she didn't plant a garden. What do you 
think the space looks like where the garden has 
been? There are no weeds. Do you know why? 
Because the weeds were always chopped out before 
they could go to seed. 

When I think of a garden, I think of little 
children. Babies are born into this life. They 
are clean and free from sin. As they grow and 
develop, they have minds of their own. If children 
are let go and never corrected, they are like a 
garden full of weeds. One bad habit grows and soon 
it produces seeds. The seeds of sin spread and 
grow fast. If children are corrected and loved, 
the bad seeds will not be scattered. Good clean 
children are like a clean garden. You will produce 
much more and better fruit for Jesus. 

-Everett Oyler 

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VOL. 39 SEPTEMBER, 1992 No. 9 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." t Peter 2.11 



PEACE PERFECT PEACE 

Peace, perfect peace, in this dark world of sin: 
The blood of Jesus whispers peace within. 

Peace, perfect peace, by thronging duties pressed: 
To do the will of Jesus — this is rest. 

Peace, perfect peace, with sorrows surging round: 
On Jesus 1 bosom naught but calm is found. 

Peace, perfect peace, with loved ones far away: 
In Jesus' keeping we are safe, and they. 

Peace, perfect peace, our future all unknown: 
Jesus we know, and He is on the throne. 

Peace, perfect peace, death shadowing us and ours: 
Jesus has vanquished death and all its powers. 

It is enough; earth's struggles soon shall cease, 
And Jesus call us to heaven's perfect peace. 

— Edward Henry Bickersteth, 1875 



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...THAT IN ME YE MIGHT HAVE PEACE. 

Usually I sleep well, and this Is a "blessing 
from God. But occasionally I try to sleep and can 
only "toss and turn." I have four comfortable 
positions, and I try first one and then another hut 
sleep will not come. Something is wrong. It may 
be physical, or it may be a lack of peace. The 
Psalmist writes (4:7,8), "Thou hast put gladness in 
my heart... I will both lay me down in peace, and 
sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in 
safety." 

We claim to be "non-resistant" and peacemakers . 
We believe this is doctrine that Jesus both taught 
and lived. War, though prophesied that it would 
be, is harmful, tragic, and wrong. It is for the 
world but not for God's people. Our forefathers 
have consistantly held to this teaching, and we too 
would be faithful in it. But it is possible to 
teach non-resistance and still lack peace inside-- 
the peace that Jesus gives — the peace that induces 
sleep and quiet rest. 

Peace must begin inside. It is a fruit of the 
Holy Spirit. Naturally, we are self-defensive and 
even hostile if we are threatened in any way. The 

hostility ceases only when the threat is removed. 
The secret to peace in Christ is that He Is our 
Defender. Any threat loses its power to affect us 
because our values are changed and our goals are 
higher. 

The experience of the martyrs illustrates this 
point so well. Their values and goals were eternal 
so that any threat--even to their lives--did not 
shake them. If they lost all in this world, they 
still had the Lord and eternal life. They could 
lay down their lives with unshaken peace — even 
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them. The letters they left and the hymns they 
wrote prove this to be their experience. 

If we have the peace Jesus gives, we too will 
lose the fear of any tragedy that might come. We 
will have the trust that David described in Psalm 
18:2: "The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and 
my deliverer; my God, my strength in whom I will 
trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, 
and my high tower.' 1 

When we possess peace like this inside, then we 
are prepared to be non-resistant and peacemakers in 
the world. We see the real battle which is not 
carnal and must be fought with the spiritual 
weapons Paul describes in Ephesians 6. We will see 
carnal wars as outside God's will for Christians. 

But some will say, "Did not God order battles in 
the past? Did He not send His people Israel to 
exterminate heathen nations? Didn't He use them to 
punish other nations and use other nations to 
punish His people when they were disobedient?" Of 
course this is true in Old Testament times. But 
those battles had a clear cut cause of right and 
wrong. His people were one nation among many 
nations hostile to them and to God. God's covenant 
was with Israel. Today under the New Covenant, men 
from all nations are called to be God's people. 
Jesus died to ordain this covenant of peace between 
God and man and between man and man. Under the 
standards of the new birth we are to love even our 
enemies. 

Under the Old Covenant, Israel was instructed to 
"...love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy." (See 
Matthew 5:4 and Deuteronomy 23:6). But even in 
that time there were prophesies telling of the 
peace that was to come. Zechariah 9:10: "And I 
will cut off the chariot from Ephraim, and the 
horse from Jerusalem (both symbols of war), and the 
battle bow shall be cut off: and he shall speak 
peace unto the heathen..." (See also Isaiah 2:4 
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We who make the profession of peace must be most 
careful that we maintain peace in all areas. If 
those around us see strife among our members, or 
see us reacting with hostility to the political 
situations, they can justly conclude that our peace 
is not in our hearts* When we worry unduly about 
possible tragedies or loss to our property, perhaps 
our goals are not as they should be — on things 
eternal. We are holding on too tightly to this 
world. 

When we are at peace with God and our fellowmen, 
at least this will not be the reason we lie awake 
when we would like to have sleep. 

May the peace of God, which passe th all 
understanding, keep our hearts and minds through 
Christ Jesus. — L.C. 



DISEASED AND DETACHED 

I lost a member of my body. It was an insig- 
nificant member anyway. But since it is gone I 
have had some second thoughts. The place where it 
used to be is now bare. I do not even like to get 
a glimpse of that bareness, that reminder that all 
is not as it used to be. You see, I consider the 
body a unique possession — a special gift. It can 
still function, but an ugly scar remains. And 
perhaps other members of the body will now have to 
bear a greater load. 

When that member was firmly set in the body, it 
performed beautifully and with purpose. Once it 
was detached, it was in the hands of strangers to 
be used of them however they chose. It did not 
benefit the body anymore, nor did it receive 
security and nourishment from the body. 

A casual glance did not reveal that this member 
was diseased, but upon closer examination it was 
very evident . Perhaps if I would have paid 
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deteriorating condition and could have used less 
severe methods- But now the matter was serious, 
and there was no time to lose because of the threat 
it was to the other members. When it was removed, 
the other members suffered and the body was 
hindered. The body can recover, but it will never 
be the same again. That one member will always be 
missing. 

You may be a member of a body also. You are not 
an insignificant member. God has placed you there 
so that your own spiritual health can be 
maintained, and so that you can help to maintain 
the spiritual health of the body. In order for the 
body to stay healthy, you must stay healthy. If 
you become diseased with sin, not only you are in 
danger, but you also endanger the body. You need 
have no fears that you will suddenly become so 
diseased that you will be removed from the body 
without warning. Submit your life to a periodic 
checkup under the searchlight of God so that if a 
problem is revealed you can receive help while it 
is in its early stages. 

Be aware of warning signs. They are many. You 
know best when something is wrong. If all your 
efforts to correct the problem fail, get a second 
opinion — additional help. Members of the body work 
for the good of each other, so another member will 
be glad to help you. Detachment is a grave as well 
as an injurious matter, and it is worth any efforts 
you can put forth to keep this from happening. 

— Selected By Everett Oyler 



FAITH AND SIGHT 

In darkness sat the blind man; 
No light he'd ever seen; 
He'd never seen the sunshine, 
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Sight he wanted, and one day 
A crowd was passing by; 
He realized that Jesus 
Would soon be coming nigh. 

"Have mercy Lord I" he shouted. 
"Be quiet I" the people cried. 
But still he shouted loudly; 
In this, his faith was tried. 

The Savior heard and answered, 
"What would you have from Me? 
Do you believe that I can do 
This thing and make you see?" 

"Lord, I believe I" he shouted. 
"I know that You can do 
This thing I do so much need! 
It all depends on You." 

Because of faith, sight was given; 
He sang His praises loud; 
And glorified the Savior, 
And witnessed to the crowd. 

In darkness, like the blind man, 
Without the Lord are we. 
Life's great values we can't have, 
Nor truth can we perceive. 

And have we that great desire 
To really see the light? 
Amid our toil, the Savior 
Desires to give us sight. 

This vision will be given, 
To those who have the faith, 
To earnestly petition 
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And If through opposition, 
We earnestly resist, 
The ability He'll give 
Through struggles to persist* 

And if our eyes are opened 

To see and know the right, 

We'll glorify the Savior 

And praise Him for the light. 

We'll witness then to others 
And want the same for all; 
That they may know the Savior, 
And on His mercy call. 

— James Beery 



BAPTISMS 

Again we, the members of the Eastern Congrega- 
tion, rejoiced that souls are still responding to 
the call of the Master, Two young men received 
Christian baptism upon confession of their faith in 
Christ: Allen Hilty on August 16, and Stephen 
Royer on August 23. May they be faithful to Jesus 
and enjoy the blessings of salvation forever. 

— Melvin Coning 

COMMUNION NOTICE 

We, the members of the Old Brethren Church In 
California, have agreed to hold our Fall Love feast, 
the Lord willing, at Salida on October 17 and 18. 
We sincerely welcome all to come and be with us at 
this time of communion and revival. 

— Joseph L. Cover 



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OBITUARY 

ALICE ELIZABETH (COVER) SKILES was born November 
4, 1896, In Covington, Ohio to Joseph M. and Anna 
(Mohler) Cover. She came from humble origins and 
lived in a gentle spirit of humility before God 
with her family of two brothers and four sisters- 

She was united in marriage to Ora Samuel Skiles 
on February 28, 1923, with whom she lived for 
sixty-six years before he preceded her in death 
three years ago. To this union were born three 
sons and two daughters: Ora, Jr. of Modesto, 
California; Nita (Alf) of Wee Waa, Australia; 
Esther (Boone) of Dubbo, Australia; Daniel Clinton 
of Santa Rosa, California; and David of Cuba, New 
Mexico. 

Alice had learned from early childhood to 
appreciate the glory of God's handiwork in her 
natural surroundings. This was evident in her love 
of flowers, trees, and birds, of which she seemed 
to always know the names. She had great knowledge 
of the Word of God (much of which she committed to 
memory), appreciated poetry, and had a 'gift of 
music and singing. We remember her singing 
throughout each day. She had time for each of her 
children and made each child feel special without 
showing favoritism. 

Alice was in love with her Savior and modeled a 
reverent spirit and a desire to know God and His 
Son Jesus Christ. She taught that God was watching 
all we do as well as being providential In His 
care. Her love for the church and the fellowship 
of the saints was central to her life. She served 
the Lord as a loving and respectful wife, modeling 
motherhood and marriage. She, along with her 
husband, served for a year at the Torreon Navajo 
Mission. 

She loved to travel, and all trips long or short 
were pleasant adventures. She was ready to go and 
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God. She made her final journey August 15,1992. 

Alice (Cover) Skiles is survived by her five 
children, sixteen grandchildren, thirty-three great- 
grandchildren, one brother, James; two sisters, 
Ruth Barton and Ella Wagoner; and a host of other 
relatives and friends. She was preceded in death 
by her parents ; her husband Ora, Sr. ; one brother 
Joseph; two sisters, Orpha Barton and Esther 
Wagner; and one grandson, Michael Boone. 

The family wishes to express thanks for the many 
expressions of love and help during Alice's last 
years and death. We are grateful for all those who 
ministered to her by visiting, singing, and 
especially those who took her to church each Sunday. 

Her children rise up and call her blessed, and 
eagerly anticipate meeting her again where journeys 
end. 

Funeral services were held August 20 in the 
Pleasant Home Dunkard Brethren Church, Modesto, 
California, with Rudy Cover opening and Michael Wray 
giving the message. The service at the grave was 
conducted by Joseph L. and Leslie Cover. Burial 
was in the Wood Colony Cemetery. 

— The Family 



BIRTHS 

WALKER -- A daughter, Jillian Dell, born July 29 to 
David and Carrie Walker of Waterford, California. 

BOWMAN — A daughter, E.llie Catherine, born August 
12, to Gerald and Janelle Bowman of Tipp City, Ohio. 

ROYER — A daughter, Kaylin Rose, born August 20, 
to Paul and Rose Royer of Goshen, Indiana. 



Advice is somewhat like medicine — the correct 
dosage works wonders, but an overdose can be 
disastrous. — from Sunshine Magazine 



10 



Pfetxxrital 



"BASIC OR GROUND SEARCHING QUESTIONS" PROPOSED 
TO ALEXANDER MACK AND HIS BRETHREN BY EBERHARD 
LOUIS GRUBER. (Continued) 

QUESTION 23: Is not the binding and loosing of 
the apostles a prerogative granted only to them, 
which dare not be usurped by anyone else? 

ANSWER: That the loosing and binding is a 
special prerogative of the apostles is true. It 
is, however, of the following manner. Moses had a 
special prerogative in that the Law was revealed to 
the house of Israel through him, but despite this 
it was not a prerogative which meant that the Law 
was to die with the death of Moses; rather, the 
descendants submitted themselves in obedience, 
insofar as they were faithful to God, to that which 
was revealed by Moses in the house of God. Christ, 
the true Householder, has likewise founded a church 
and household and has given to His apostles, as the 
elect witnesses, the prerogative that they should 
introduce the ordinances of the house of God and 
confirm them by signs and miracles. This was so 
that none of their descendants should presume to 
introduce other ordinances, perhaps out of imperti- 
nence or arrogance, but that they should willingly 
submit themselves to the ordinances by which the 
apostles were appointed the stewards over God's 
mysteries. Since, then, the ban was commanded by 
Christ and His apostles, their prerogative Is 
rightly left to them. But the believers must 
subject themselves to it in faith, and exercise It 
without the respecting of persons. 

QUESTION 24: Did Christ institute a universal 
law for the church of the New Testament with the 
words of Matthew 18:17, or did He not rather speak 
of it with special regard to the character of the 
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completely different lesson in the following twenty- 
first and twenty-second verses? 

ANSWER: We have shown above that Christ has 
given a universal law for His church with the words 
of Matthew 18:17. They are by no means annulled by 
the following twenty-first and twenty-second 
verses, but are rather confirmed by them. This is 
still more clearly expressed In Luke 17:4, where 
Christ says: "...if he (your brother) sins against 
you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven 
times and says, f I repent', you must forgive him. 11 
Without the admission of the sin, there Is no 
forgiveness of sin, not even by God. Just so must 
believers be minded that if the sinner admits his 
sin, he must be forgiven. If he does not 
acknowledge it, then the ban is rightly to be 
exercised, as Christ says (Matthew 28:20): 
"..♦teaching them to observe all that I have 
commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the 
close of the age." 

QUESTION 25: Did the apostles ever forbid 
administering the necessary spiritual or physical 
services of love to a banned person? 

ANSWER: The apostles have never forbidden the 
administering of the necessary spiritual or 
physical services to a banned sinner. Rather, the 
banned person should be called to repentance; if he 
does not listen or accept it, then one is at 
liberty. It is the same with physical things — if 
there is an abundance of goods and the banned 
person is in need, he should be shared with as 
necessary. 

— from European Origins of the Brethren 
by Donald Durnbaugh 



God placed us here to help one another. The 

truly happy and fulfilled people are those who 

share their lives with others. Those who help 
others experience a deeper satisfaction in living. 

Those who have found purposeful living are the 
one-ano the ring people. — Simon Schrock 

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UNCLE ERNEST'S MEDITATIONS 

LOVE OF GOD 

Romans 5:3: "And not only so, but we glory In 
tribulation also, knowing that tribulation worketh 
patience; And patience, experience; and experience 
hope; and hope maketh not ashamed; because the love 
of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy 
Ghost which is given unto us. We see in Paul's 
writing he speaks of the Holy Ghost working in our 
hearts. In the 103rd Psalm, David wrote of the 
wonderful work of the Spirit to redeem and fit us 
for the Lord's Kingdom of love and peace. The 
128th Psalm gives the pattern of the individual 
homes. So we have an outline of the love that 
should govern our lives. 

GUIDING OURSELVES 

In the fifth chapter of Galatians Paul gives a 
long list of the works of the Spirit, and also a 

list of the works of the flesh for us to compare, 

that we may know which we are following. We need 

to expect some chastening and correction in our 

lives to help us prepare to meet the Lord in that 
day. 

GOD'S PLAN 

God planted a beautiful garden in Eden. There 
He placed Adam to tend and enjoy living, but when 
Adam sinned, He needed to make a change, or make a 
different time to bring the desired results. Jesus 
needed to come and redeem a people to live with Him 
in Heaven and all eternity, for God's pleasure. 
This change which has taken nearly 6000 years seems 
long to us, but compared to eternity, it's only a 
short time. 

— Ernest Wagner 

Modesto, California 



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BEARING FRUIT 

Devotional Reading: Matt- 5:38-48 
Background Scripture: Eph. 4:32 

Bearing fruit that brings honor and glory to God 
needs all the qualities of the life of Christ. 
When one id missing we fail to bear fruit that 
pleases God, and this hinders the testimony of 
Jesus Christ. 

Kindness is one of Christ's outstanding 
characteristics. It was a different approach in 
relationship. n Ye have heard that it hath been 
said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thine 
enemy. " (Matt. 5:43) "But love ye your enemies, 
and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; 
and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the 
children of the Highest; for he is kind unto the 
unthankful and to the evil." (Luke 6:35~5 

Kindness is an act motivated by love. Kindness 
is out front; it opens the door of the heart for 
love to enter and dwell there. 

To be kind is not condoning sin In others, but 
revealing God's love to all men. To be kind is 
love in action. Kindness in all circumstances Is 
proof of its source which will bear fruit to the 
honor and glory of God. To claim the first and 
great commandment can only be proven as we bear 
fruit in the second. "For we ourselves also were 
sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving 
divers lusts and pleasures, living In malice and 
envy f hateful, and hating one another.* 1 (Titus 3:3) 
But since the kindness and love of God our Saviour 
has appeared, we take on the new approach in 
relationships, in a new and living way, serving in 

kindness to all men. 

— Kenneth Martin 
Nappanee , Indiana 



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BIBLE STUDY 

Last month (July) for Bible study, our group 
went through the eleventh chapter of Acts. It can 
be divided roughly into two parts. The first half 
of the chapter deals with Peter's history of 
salvation to the Gentiles. The rest of the chapter 
is about the early church in Antioch. 

In verses two and three, Peter is challenged by 
the Jewish Christians at Jerusalem because he went 
in and ate with Gentiles. This prompted Peter to 
tell them the story of how God had called him to 
spread the Gospel to the house of Cornelius. He 
told about his vision of the sheet with unclean 
animals and then how the Gentiles received the 
Spirit. This was enough to convince the Jewish 
Christians of the Gentiles' complete acceptance by 
God. 

The second part of the chapter deals mainly with 
the Church in Antioch. It is estimated that as 
many as 500,000 people lived in Antioch at this 
time. Verse twenty implies that Antioch may have 
been comprised of Greeks. 

It was in Antioch that believers were first 
called Christians. A comment was made that this 
could be a direct fulfillment of Isaiah's prophecy 
that God's servants would be called by another 
name. (Isaiah 65:15) 

It was pointed out that Paul was still referred 
to as Saul in this chapter. His name was changed 
to Paul when he was sent out from Antioch. 

Barnabas is again mentioned in this chapter. He 
is referred to as a good man and full of the Holy 
Ghost. He and Paul taught in Antioch for a whole 
year and then took a gift from Antioch to the 
Christians in Judea. 

We as Christians today should be just as willing 
to support and help others as the believers at 
Antioch were. Let us always by ready to give 
ourselves and our goods to help someone else in 
their Christian walk. — Eddie Wagner 



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BIBLE STUDY 

We had Acts 12 for cur Bible study chapter this 
time (August). We see from the very start of the 
chapter that these were hard times for the apostles 
and other believers. Herod martyred James the 
brother of John, and when he saw that the Jews 
upheld the act, he took Peter, too. 

Peter was shut up in prison and facing "certain" 
death and yet do you see a falter or a weakening in 
him? No. He was at peace. At peace with God and 
the ones that persecuted him. At peace enough to 
sleep bound with two chains, between two soldiers 
with fourteen others guarding him. Would we have 
faith and trust to do as Peter? 

Peter or the other Christians were not figuring 
on his release. They were no doubt praying that he 
would be faithful to the end. But Peter was mir- 
aculously led from the prison by an angel and went 
directly to the people that were praying for him. 

There were three Herods that we know about* One 
killed the babies at Jesus 1 birth, and he died soon 
after. The one that took his place was the one in 
this chapter that killed James, imprisoned Peter, 
and whose end is recorded that he allowed himself 
to be called a god by the people, and he was 
smitten of worms and died. We read of the third 
Herod called Agrippa in Acts 25:13- He was the one 
that tried Paul. 

Verse four of this chapter talks of Easter. 
This is translated from the Greek in other places 
as being the Passover, and that would seem to hold 
true to being "the days of unleavened bread" which 
was the week just preceding the Passover. 

Verse twenty-four says that the Word of God 
"grew and multiplied" which means increased and 
spread in these early days of the church. 

The song "And Can It Be" is taken from Peter's 
experience in the prison, and it fits the 
comparison of our being led out of the bondage of 
sin. "My chains fell off; My heart was free; I 
rose, went forth, and followed Thee." — Peter Cover 



CHILDREN'S PAGE: WATCHING THE GOLD PINCH 

We hung our gold finch feeder right outside our 
kitchen window about two months ago, and we have 
really enjoyed watching the bright, cheery birds - 
It always amazes me how the birds know how to find 
a bird feeder. We went for several months during 
the summer and never saw a finch. But the first 
day we had a feeder full of seed, here they came. 
Each day we saw more. Do they go and tell all 
their friends about the new feeder they found? We 
know God made the little birds so they would know 
how to find their food. We don't understand just 
how it all is. Maybe some of you children can tell 
us more about them. 

I want to tell you about one thing I notice when 
I watch the birds. They have six holes to get feed 
from, and there will be six birds and they each 
have a hole to eat from. But will they be happy 
and eat from their own hole? No , they look around 
and peck another bird and chase him off his perch 
and eat from his hole* 

That makes me think of the way children are 
sometimes. We all have plenty to eat and toys to 
play with, but we look around and wish we could 
have what someone else has . My children used to 
say they wish they could always have ice cream like 
their friends. I would tell them that they 
probably had other things their friends didn't 
have. Maybe you would like a new bike your cousin 
has . But did you get to go to the zoo when your 
friends didn't? We need to learn to be happy with 
what we have as children, or we will still act that 
way when we get big. — Nancy Qyler 

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WILT THOU FOLLOW ME? 

"Wilt thou follow Me?" 

The Saviour asked. 
The road looked bright and fair; 
And filled with youthful hope and zeal 

I answered, "Anywhere." 

"Wilt thou follow Me?" 

Again He asked. 
The road looked dim ahead; 
But I gave one glance at His glowing face: 

"To the end, dear Lord," I said. 

"Wilt thou follow Me?" 

I almost blanched, 
For the road was rough and new. 
But I felt the grip of His steady hand 

And it thrilled me through and through. 

"Still followest thou?" 

'Twas a tender tone, 
And it thrilled my inmost heart. 
I answered not, but He drew me close, 
And I knew we would never part. 

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HE BEING DEAD YET SPEAKETH 

Uncle Ernest Wagner could not talk the last 
twenty- three years of his life. Neither could he 
walk about or use the left side of his body 
normally. But these five words which were said of 
Abel are also true of Uncle Ernest. "...He being 
dead yet speaketh." In a sense it is true of all 
who have passed on. There is a message that comes 
to the living from the dead that can teach us and 
influence us if we are willing to listen. 

Uncle Ernest* s message is an important one. It 
is not original with him, but it is simply the 
message of the Saviour demonstrated in a human 
life. The message is one of patience in suffering, 
thanksgiving in trial, and rejoicing in hope. We 
praise the One who gives hope and patience, and 
would like also to learn from Him. 

A common reaction to physical disability is 
bitterness. Self pity is another. We tend to 
think we are abused when God lays His hand on us, 
and we stop learning. How good, if we can react 
well to our conditions — whatever they may be! 

Uncle Ernest took a lot of care in those 23 
years, and he was keenly conscious of it. To 
accept help of this kind and extent takes a special 
grace from God. His mind was good to the very 
last, and he communicated in writing to those 
around him. His message to those who cared for him 
was patience, gratitude, and forgiveness for any 
mistake or neglect. 

Most of us will not have this kind of trial — this 
particular valley to pass through. But for all of 
us, life is a time of opportunity. Trials — perhaps 
a multitude of smaller ones — will come. How will 
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bitterness and self-pity. But by God's grace we 
can rise to meet the trials with patience and even 
thanksgiving and joy. 

How we react to trials is determined by our 
attitudes toward them. On Paul's last trip to 
Jerusalem, he was warned several times that he 
would be arrested there. He said in Acts 20:24: 
"But none of these things move me, neither count I 
my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my 
course with joy..." 

In another setting and for another cause (earthly 
freedom) Patrick Henry questioned, "Is life so dear 
or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price 
of chains and slavery?" A phrase from one of our 
hymns says, "I am not mortality's slave." As the 
children of God we can be free to meet the trials 
without slavery to our pride and passions. 
Another hymn tells us: 

Fho suffers with our Master here, 
Shall there before His face appear. 

And by His side sit down; 
To patient faith the prize is sure; 
And all that to the end endure 
The cross shall wear the crown. 
The testimony of those who spent years in 
prison, those who endured torture for their faith, 
and those whose loved ones were martyred should 
give us courage to bear faithfully the tiny trials 
that come to us. 

On affliction or the "changes" that come to us, 
we have a special testimony from Uncle Ernest: 

GOD'S TEACHING 

Psalm 119:71: "It is good for me, that I have 
been afflicted, that I might learn thy statutes." 
Job 34:23: "For he will not lay upon man more than 
right; that he should enter Into judgement with 
God." So this helps us understand some of the 
changes we have in life. 



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Undoubtedly Uncle Ernest spent much time in 
silent prayer for his friends. This is one of the 
finest responses I can name for meeting affliction. 
James 5:13 says, "Is any afflicted among you? let 
him pray..." Paul wrote in Romans 12:12: 
"Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; 
continuing instant in prayer." 

May we hear the message from the dead — from Job, 
from Paul, from the martyrs, from Uncle Ernest, and 
from the living who patiently endure trials. May 
this message help prepare us to be faithful. — L.C. 



TOMORROW 

He was going to be all that a mortal could be — 

Tomorrow; 
No one would be kinder nor braver than he — 
Tomorrow; 
A friend who was troubled and weary he knew, 
Who'd be glad of a lift and who needed it, too, 
On him he would call and see what he could do- 
Tomorrow. 

Each morning he stacked up the letters he'd write — 

Tomorrow; 
And he thought of the folks he would fill with 
Delight- -tomorrow; 
It was too bad, indeed, he was busy today, 
And hadn't a minute to stop on his way; 
"More time I'd have to give others," he'd say — 
Tomorrow. 

The greatest of workers this man would have been — 

Tomorrow; 
The world would have known him had he ever seen — 
Tomorrow; 
But the fact that he died, and he faded from view 
And all that he left here when living was through 
Was a mountain of things he intended to do- 
Tomorrow. 

— Selected 



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TAKE HEED TO THE DOCTRINE 

"Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; 
continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt 
both save thyself, and them that hear thee." 
(I Timothy 4:16) 

Apostle Paul instructs Timothy to take heed, 
emphasizing the importance of knowing and teaching 
the doctrine of Jesus and the apostles- An 
effective teacher must know his subject. When 
teaching eternal values it is most critical that 
the teacher, whether minister or layperson, has 
taken heed to the doctrine, thereby enabling him to 
be an effective witness for Jesus and His church. 

Elder Henry Kurtz in his introductory address to 
the Brethren ' s Encyclopedia , 1867, wrote; "The 
fundamental principles of the Brethren. . .was to 
take the pure Word of God 7 and that alone, as the 
infallible rule of their faith and practice. 
Guided by this principle, they rejected every form 
of doctrine, every practice, every custom and 
ordinance contrary to that divine and infallible 
rule, and united as a church with the sincere 
object to follow the apostles 1 converts on 
Pentecost: 'to continue steadfastly in the 
apostles 1 doctrine and .fellowship. 1 Acts 2:42" 
While this is only a small portion of Elder Kurtz's 
address I belive it reflects the beliefs of the 
Brethren people today as well as it did one hundred 
twenty- five years ago. Dearly beloved, may we 
always maintain this focus on the Holy Scriptures. 

Within the last couple of years there has been a 
renewed interest within the brotherhood regarding 
early church writings and practices. This in large 
part has been stimulated by the circulation of a 
couple of books in which the writer, by citing 
early church writings, makes an effort to expose 
contemporary Christianity's lack of emphasis on 
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presentation quote this passage from Luke: "And 
why call ye me Lord, Lord, and do not the things 
which I say?" (Luke 6:46) These words of Jesus are 
a source of self-examination for each of us. The 
study of early church history and writings is of 
great interest. While we may receive inspiration 
from these early writers we must take care to 
maintain our direction only on the words of Jesus 
and the apostles. Parallels between our practice 
today and the practice of the first , second, and 
third century church must be attributed to the 
source of direction which is the Word of God. tf As 
ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, 
so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and 
stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, 
abounding therein with thanksgiving." (Colossians 
2:6,7) 

Brethren and sisters, in charting our course in 
this turbulent world may we keep our focus on Jesus 
and His doctrine. Innumerable "isms" and teachings 
are continuously present to sway us off our 
course. May each member, each church leader, and 
the collective church maintain the true course in 
God's will and service by taking heed to the 
doctrine. — Joseph E. Wagner 

Modesto , California 



UNCLE ERNEST'S MEDITATIONS 
WHERE IS OUR FAITH? 

This is the question Jesus asked the disciples 
when the storm was tossing them about on the sea. 
I believe God uses storms, fire, earthquakes, 
droughts, floods, etc. to remind us how weak we 
are. He hopes we will realise how dependent we 
are, and will ask His help and be willing to 
receive help. God's love does not change; He loves 
the human race the same as He did when He sent 
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FIRST LOVE 

Was not our first love when we felt guilty of 
sin by hearing and reading the Word of God, and 
decided to confess our sins; and accept His offered 
love and be baptized and join a group of believers 
to serve Him? We find in Revelation, that leaving 
their first love was one of the sins they had 
committed. This reached a climax in Laodicea, 
where they thought they were rich and had need of 
nothing. Matthew 3:9: "And think not to say 
within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: 
for I say unto you, that God is able of these 
stones to raise up children unto Abraham." So we 
see we cannot look to our fathers for salvation, 
but Jesus Christ is our hope. 

SELF CONFIDENCE, EVOLUTION 

Romans 1:22,23: "Professing themselves to be 
wise, they became fools, and changed the image of 
the uncorruptible God, into an image like unto cor- 
ruptible man, and unto birds, and four-footed 
beasts, and creeping things." I believe this 
describes the theory of evolution very clearly. 
And the sins that follow such unbelief are very 
evident in the world today as Paul describes them. 
David in the second Psalm speaks of the rulers want- 
ing to cast off all restraints and satisfy their own 
lusts. 

NEITHER POVERTY NOR RICHES 

Proverbs 30:7-9: "Two things have I required of 
thee; deny me them not before I die. Remove far 
from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty 
nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: 
Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the 
Lord? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the 
name of my God in vain." So we see the whole human 
race is designed to live between these extremes, 
and we should be content in our place in life. 

— Ernest Wagner 



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OBITUARY 
MY LIFE (DATED JUNE 9, 1986) 

I will try to write a brief summary of my life. 
It helps me to write my thoughts to get them 
organized and settled in my mind. The Lord has 
given me a full life with all things needed. 

In my boyhood I was well cared for by my 
parents, Daniel and Mary Wagner and my brother Clay 
and my sisters Susie and Elizabeth. When ' I was 24 
years of age I married Esther Cover, and we had a 
good and long married life of 54 years. 

I had been working at times for Mr. Halley, and 
he permitted us to live the first years in his 
house. I had joined church a couple years before 
our marriage , and I remember we read the 128th 
Psalm the first evening we started living in Mr. 
Halley' s house. The Lord surely fulfilled those 
promises in our lives. We were the parents of six 
children; the first daughter died in infancy. 

When I had my stroke in 1970, I fully expected 
that was all. I remember going home from the 
hospital in the ambulance and feeling that was my 
last time along that road. I thought of the Lord 
adding 15 years to Hezekiah's life but dismissed 
that as vain thinking. Now I have been blessed 
with more than that , and I still have good eyesight 
and am able to study and meditate on God's Word 
with joy and to write my thoughts. 

Signed: Ernest Wagner 

This account was found in Daddy's Bible after 
his death on September 29, 1992. He was born 
September 27, 1903 near Sheridan Lake, Colorado. 
He is survived by 5 children: Ella Mae Arnett, 
Alan E. Wagner, Mary Anna Wagner, Edmund P. Wagner, 
and Charles L. Wagner; 9 grandchildren and 2 great- 
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The family wishes to gratefully acknowledge the 
many kindnesses and visits to Daddy during his 
illness by relatives, neighbors and friends. 

Funeral services were held October 3, 1992, at 
Salas Brothers Funeral Home in Modesto by Joseph L. 
and Leslie Cover, and with members of the family 
expressing appreciation for their father. A 
service at the Wood Colony Cemetery was conducted 
by Lloyd Wagner. 

--The Family 



COMMUNION MEETING NOTICE 

We, the members of the Eastern District of the 
Old Brethren have appointed October 31 and November 
1, the Lord willing, for our Fall Love feast 
Communion to be held at our meeting house near 
Bradford, Ohio. We extend a hearty invitation to 
all our members and friends to attend this meeting. 

— Melvin Coning 



ELECTION 

The members of the Eastern District met in 
council June 5 for the purpose of choosing a 
minister. Brother Neil Martin, with his companion 
Lois, was chosen for a minister. Brother Thomas 
Royer, with his companion Rebecca, was advanced to 
the second degree ministry. We pray that God will 
meet their special needs as they serve in their 
respective rolls to bring honor and glory to God 
and His kingdom. 

— Melvin Coning 



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"BASIC OR GROUND SEARCHING QUESTIONS" PROPOSED 
TO ALEXANDER MACK AND HIS BRETHREN BY EBERHARD 
LOUIS GRUBER. (Continued) 

QUESTION 26: Have you, the New Baptists, ever 
had the same divine effect and result with some of 
those whom you have "banned as did the apostles? 

ANSWER: We firmly believe that the ban has an 
inner effect and result here and now with all those 
on whom we have exercised it according to the word 
of God. On the Day of Revelation it will indeed 
become outwardly manifest if they have not repented 
during this time of grace. However, it has not yet 
happened that men were immediately struck dead as 
was Ananias. This was recorded only once even of 
the apostles . Many were put into the ban by the 
apostles, but no other died outwardly like this. 
Nevertheless, the power of the ban had its full 
effect upon them. 

QUESTION 27: Is the true spiritual rebirth 
inseparable from water baptism? 

ANSWER: The spiritual rebirth is nothing else 
than true and genuine obedience toward God amd His 
commandments. A reborn person will readily say 
with Christ (Matthew 3:15): "-.-it is fitting for 
us to fulfill all righteousness." We can, there- 
fore, answer that the desire for obedience toward 
water baptism is inseparable from the true rebirth. 
If because of necessity, but not out of contempt or 
disobedience, water baptism does not take place, it 
will not be of harm for the rebirth. 

QUESTION 28: Are all of those whom you baptize 
immediately reborn of God in truth? 

ANSWER: That would indeed be a good baptism, if 
all those whom we baptize in water were truly 
reborn. It cannot be proved that all of those 
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If, however, true faith is present, and the Word is 
grasped or accepted in the water bath by faith, 
then a considerable rebirth or cleaning occurs in 
the "washing of water with the word." (Eph. 5:26) 

QUESTION 29: Could a person be truly reborn 
even before he is baptized, since water baptism—as 
you yourselves will not deny — does not insure the 
true, spiritual rebirth? 

ANSWER: Adam was created in Paradise in the 
image of God . When he was disobedient to his God , 
he lost his divine stature and had to accept the 
curse and death because of his disobedience. There- 
fore, a person may, of course, have attained a 
goodly proportion of rebirth before water baptism. 
But unless he becomes even more obedient and 
humble, he may very easily lose again that which he 
had previously attained. The food of the new 
creation, then, for its sustenance and growth, is 
true obedience to the Lord Jesus* If they do not 
eat this food — which is indeed the food of the new 
creation (John 4:34) — but eat the food of the 
serpent — which is disobedience in manifold wisdom 
and cleverness against the Word — then the same 
thing will happen to them as happened to Adam in 
Paradise. Since, then, water baptism is commanded 
by Christ, each reborn person must humble himself 
in obedience and fulfill this righteousness. 

QUESTION 30: Is not the true brotherhood of 
Christians founded much rather upon rebirth than 
upon water baptism? 

ANSWER: The true brotherhood of Christians has 
always been founded upon true faith and obedience 
to Jesus Christ and His gospel. Therefore, true 
brethren in Christ have never been able to refuse 
outward water baptism* because they observed it in 
their first-born Brother, who also commanded it of 
them. He, Christ himself, considers only those His 
brethren who do the will of God. (Matthew 12:50) 
— from European Origins of the Brethren 
by Donald Burnbaugh 



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LEADING LAMBS ASTRAY 

'Twas a Sheep not a Lamb that strayed away 

In the parable Jesus told; 
A grown-up Sheep that wandered away 

Prom the ninety and nine in the fold. 

Out on the hillside, out in the cold, 
'Twas a Sheep the Good Shepherd sought; 

And back to the flock, safe into the fold, 
'Twas a Sheep the Good Shepherd brought. 

And why for the Sheep should we anxiously long, 

And as anxiously hope and pray? 
Because there is danger if they go wrong 

They will lead the Lambs astray. 

For the Lambs will follow the Sheep, you know, 

Wherever the Sheep may stray; 
If the Sheep go wrong it will not be long 

Till the Lambs are as wrong as they. 

And so with the Sheep we earnestly plead 

For the sake of the Lambs today; 
If the Lambs are lost what terrible cost 

Some Sheep will have to pay. 

— Selected by Melvin and Marilyn Coning 



Doubt sees the obstacles, 

Faith sees the way; 
Doubt sees the darkest night, 

Faith sees the day; 
Doubt dreads to take a step, 

Faith soars on high; 
Doubt questions, "Who believes?" 

Faith answers, "I." 
— Selected 



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BEARING FRUIT 

Background Reading: Psalms 5:11 
Scripture Reading: John 15:1-11 

The testimony in joy is one of the strong points 
of the Christian faith. It has a power and 
influence that no other ingredient of the Spirit 
has. It declares in action that all is well with 
our faith and trust in our salvation in Christ 
Jesus. It declares our assurance and seal in the 
work of Christ. It has been declared and expressed 
by men of God in all ages as they suffered in the 
cruelest manner, even unto death. 

Joy is the root amd source of thanksgiving, 
adoration, and praise. We are called to express it 
daily. We believe it is what all men would desire 
to have but are unwilling to submit to the Source. 

As the powers of this world are trying to 
overpower the joy of the Christian, may we with joy 
prove them powerless, and with joy testify God's 
love to this world and bear fruit to His honor and 
glory. 

--Kenneth Martin 
Nappanee, Indiana 



NOTES OF BIBLE STUM ON ACTS 13 

"And the Holy Ghost said, separate me Barnabus 
and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them." 

Barely into the thirteeth chapter we see a great 
manifestation of the presence of the Holy Ghost. 
The working of God's Spirit seems to be a very 
prominent aspect of this chapter, and indeed of the 
book of Acts as a whole. This working of God's 
Spirit, and the miracles and signs that He wrought, 
must have been a great comfort to the apostles and 
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looking on, as Sergius Paulus upon seeing the 
judgement passed upon Elymas for his blasphemy. We 
also see the working of the Spirit in the witness 
of the apostles. 

Arriving at Paphos, the apostles, true to their 
mission, went into the synagogue. After the 
reading of the law and the prophets, taking use of 
the extended liberty, Paul gave a glowing account 
of the Jewish heritage; not only their heritage, 
but also the somewhat obscure prophecy that had 
been fulfilled by Jesus Christ, (verse 22,34) 

It was pointed out that this was their manner of 
discourse: opening the subject in a familiar 
rendering of history and prophecy showing how the 
patriarchs anticipated the promised Messiah and 
then culmonating in an explanation of how Christ 
fulfilled all these prophesies. Stephen used this 
same manner in his defense in Acts 7> but with 
hardly the same results as Paul here in Antioch. 
It seems that many wished to hear more (v, 42); so 
many, in fact, that it says about the whole city 
came out to hear them on the following Sabbath, 
(v. 44) This show of interest angered some of the 
Jews into jealousy, driving them even so far as to 
blaspheme against the apostles 1 words, (v. 45) The 
last seven verses portray such a sad case: Here 
were the Jews, at one time the very chosen people 
of God, refusing to accept the very thing they had 
been desiring to see for years, the coming of the 
Messiah. The question was asked if the people of 
Antioch will be held as accountable as those where 
the disciples were instructed to shake off the very 
dust of their feet if they refused to hear the 
message of salvation. (v. 51 and Matt. 10:14-15) 
Whether they will or not is not ours to say, but a 
similar warning in Hebrews 2:2-4 ought to make us 
heed its council and take care that we are not 
guilty of refusing the crucified Saviour as our 
Lord and King. — Ben Cover 



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FOR YOUTH: MISSING THE MARK 

A motorist in Minnesota drove Into the service 
station one day and asked for ten gallons of gas. 
Immediately three attendants sprang into action. 
One began to wipe the windshield, another checked 
the air in the tires, the third gave his attention 
to water in the radiator and checking the oil. 
When they were through the motorist paid for ten 
gallons of gas and drove off. 

A few minutes later, however, he returned with a 
worried look on his face and asked, "Did any of you 
put the gas in ray car?" The three looked at one 
another. . .then meekly admitted that nobody hadl 

This same thing often happens to us in life. In 
the rush of life we become preoccupied with doing 
the superficial things — the things that "glitter" 
but which are not absolutely essential. Then we 
often overlook the main purpose for which we were 
created — to know, to love, amd serve God in this 
life and to be happy with Him in the next. 

How often we become bogged down in minor things, 
and seem to lose sight of our primary purpose in 
life — saving lost souls. If you have teaching to 
do, do it now. Now is the only time we have to do 
work for God. 

How foolish it is cumbering our life with the 
trivial things of the secular world and neglecting 
our salvation. "Fear God, and keep his commandments: 
for this is the whole duty of man." Do not major 
in minors — -put God first I 

— Selected from Pulpit Helps 



Good seed planted in good soil 
Brings forth good fruit. 
Good thoughts planted In good minds 
Brings forth good deeds. 
— Selected 



CHILDREN'S PAGE 
WHO IS MY NEIGHBOR? 

One time a lawyer tempted Jesus by asking Him 
what he should do to inherit eternal life- Jesus 
asked the lawyer how he read the law. The lawyer 
answered, "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with 
all thy heart, mind, soul, and strength and love 
thy neighbor as thyself." The lawyer then asked 
"Who is my neighbor?" Jesus answered by telling 
this parable: A certain man was on a journey. Bad 
men caught him, beat him, and took all he had. 
They left him lying along the road half dead. A 
priest came along and walked past on the other 
side. Mr. Selfishness had no intention of wasting 
time on this common person. Later a Levite came 
and he at least looked at the poor man. But he 
didn't help either. We call him Mr. Curiosity. 
Finally a Samaritan came and helped clean the man's 
cuts. He set the sick man on his donkey and took 
him where he could get more help. We call him Mr. 
Kindhearted. Now Jesus asked the lawyer, "Who was 
a neighbor to the sick man?" I am sure you all 
know Mr. Kindhearted was a neighbor to the sick 
man. As we travel through life it is easy to be 
selfish or just curious. To be kindhearted takes a 
lot of work on our part. Ask ourselves "What would 
Jesus do?" In Heaven there will only be the 
kindhearted, .. .nothing else. If you see anyone in 
need and you can help, remember the story of Mr. 
Selfish, Mr. Curiosity, and Mr. Kindhearted. 

— Everett Oyler 

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''Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." i Peter 2;11 



THANKS TO GOD 

Thanks, God, for boundless mercy 
From Thy gracious throne above; 
Thanks for every need provided 
From the fullness of Thy love I 
Thanks for daily toil and labor 
And for rest when shadows fall; 
Thanks for love of friend and neighbor 
And Thy goodness unto all I 

Thanks for thorns as well as roses, 
Thanks for weakness and for health; 
Thanks for clouds as well as sunshine, 
Thanks for poverty and wealth! 
Thanks for pain as well as pleasure — 
All Thou sendest day by day I 
And Thy Word, our dearest treasure, 
Shedding light upon our way. 

Thanks, God, for home and fireside, 
Where we share our daily bread; 
Thanks for hours of sweet communion, 
When by Thee our souls are fed I' 
Thanks for grace in time of sorrow 
And for joy and peace in Thee; 
Thanks for hope today, tomorrow, 
And for all eternity! 

—August Ludvig Storm, 1862-1914 



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A THANKFUL HEART 

give us all a thankful heart; 
Help us from evil to depart; 
Our daily meat, Lord, let it be 
Thy will to do and follow Thee. 

The notes of the song died away , and the 
minister gave a closing prayer of thanks for the 
love feast meal. Very soon the meeting would be 
over and all would return to their homes. Thankful? 
We should be. The verse hints that even a thankful 
heart is a gift from God. What are the character- 
istics of a thankful heart? 

A thankful heart acknowledges that "Every good 
gift and every perfect gift is from above, and 
cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is 
no variableness, neither shadow of turning." God 
is the Giver, and He doesn't change. He k^eeps on 
giving good gifts to His people. Thankful people 
know that there is no such thing as "luck. " They 
know also that even man's strongest efforts fail in 
the end if God does not bless. 

A thankful heart expresses thanks. Our 
beautiful collection of Psalms abounds in such 
expressions. "0 give thanks unto the Lord; call 
upon his name: make known his deeds among the 
people. Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk 
ye of all his wondrous works." (105*1»2) When we 
receive gifts or good deeds from friends, we know 
it is only proper to thank them. Otherwise they 
might think we are ungrateful. Though God knows 
our hearts — whether we are thankful or not — He 
wants us to express our thanks. We even like to 
show and tell others when we receive special gifts 
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what God does for us. 

A thankful heart is contented. "The more we 
get, the more we want" is not just a clever 
statement. It is sadly true of carnal man. Our 
generation has higher wages, more conveniences, 
more "net worth", better cars, etc., but is 
probably less content than the generation of our 
grandfathers. More "things" simply do not bring 
more satisfaction. Contentment must happen in the 
heart regardless of our possessions. 

When possessions are stripped away we suddenly 
become satisfied with what we have. The John 
Troyer family, missionaries to Guatemala in 1981, 
faced with terrorists threatening their lives, 
suddenly realized their possessions had very little 
value compared to life itself. They pleaded for 
mercy but found none. The father was brutally 
murdered, their vehicle burned, and much of their 
family goods was either stolen or ruined. Thousands 
of God's people have had similar troubles and come 
through purer and closer to God Who sustains in 
every trial. How thankful we should be for peace 
and prosperity! But how difficult it is to see 
true values in such a time I 

A thankful heart recognizes gifts in every 
form. Some of the good things God supplies require 
some effort on our part. Sometimes a friend will 
give a "gift certificate" in place of a gift. This 
certificate is redeemable only at the store where 
it was purchased. The owner must show up and 
select a gift he chooses. The gift from God of a 
good job requires that we show up and perform on 
that job. Peace and happiness usually come only 
when we sacrifice our own selfish wills. A 
beautiful garden or abundant harvest is attended 
with labor and diligence and expense. 

God rewards us even when we are undeserving. 
Jesus told us that God "...maketh his sun to rise 
on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on 
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our faith to observe this. If our values are 
earthly and we see wicked men prosper, we might 
wonder where justice is and why we strive to do 
right. David said (Psalm 37:35), "I have seen the 
wicked in great power, and spreading nimself like a 
green bay tree. Yet he passed away, and, lo, he 
was not..." Read the whole Psalm for a view of 
God's lasting blessings on those who rest in the 
Lord and commit their way to Him. Both the true 
and the untrue need to know that God is faithful 
and just. 

Perhaps we are upset and fearful concerning the 
changes in the recent political scene. We still 
must remember to pray for the rulers. We still 
must be thankful that God is in control and His 
program will go on. He has presented His answer to 
the world's turmoil in sending His Son Jesus to be 
Saviour to all. who trust in Him. This ultimate and 
sufficient solution to all our needs should 
generate thanksgiving in the hearts of God's 
children. 

"0 give us all a thankful heart." --L.C. 



THANK-PULL 

Psalm 75:1 "Unto thee, God, do we give thanks, 
unto thee do we give thanks: for that thy name is 
near thy wondrous works declare." 

It gives us a good feeling to know that we have 
a full tank of gas in our vehicle. When the winter 
storms blow it is a good feeling if our oil tank 
reads "full . " When we finish a good meal it is a 
pleasant feeling to know that our stomachs are full. 

The psalmist was so "thank-full" that he had to 
repeat his thanks. Are we thankful for God's 
wondrous works? Most of us are highly blessed with 
this world's goods. We have good health (at least 
compared to others) and nice homes to live in. Yet 
few of us are truly "thank-full." Oh, help us to 
be more thankful, especially for our spiritual 
blessings. — James Hite 

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THE DARKNESS OF VISION 

He was thrown into a deep pit by his own 
brothers. He was sold to the Egyptians. He was 
tempted by a woman and was unjustly put into 
prison. Yet he became the most respected and 
righteous man in Egypt. Joseph did not let his 
dark times affect his vision. He remained true to 
God, and his God lifted him up. God gave Joseph 
dreams to keep him going. He suffered through 
betrayal when he could have retaliated and fought 
back. He suffered through seduction of a woman, and 
temptation threatened to bring him down, but he 
fled. He was thought dead by his own family, but 
he gained new friends and built a new life. He was 
sold into slavery to another country, but through 
his impeccable character he gained great respect in 
Egypt and ruled that country. 

Now listen to what he tells his brothers when 
they meet face to face and he tells them who he 
is: HE comforts THEM. "And God sent me before you 
to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to 
save your lives by a great deliverance- So now it 
was not you that sent me hither, but God: and he 
hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all 
his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of 
Egypt." (Genesis 45:7,8) 

I'm sure Joseph's vision was darkened many 
times. God was with Joseph, and He lifted him up 
with dreams. God did this because He saw in Joseph 
the ingredients that make a true man of God. 

One thing He saw was singleness of heart which 
enabled him to see nothing else but the ways of his 
God. He lived in the world so he saw other things: 
the ways of men, the sin and the vanity; but among 
these conditions his heart was committed to serve 
God. This brings us to the other ingredient: 
determination, or stronger yet, a concentrated 
determination of steel. He probably had to tell 
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was alone with Potiphar's wife, he asked, "How can 
I sin against God?" He was determined not to; he 
concentrated his determination on getting out of 
the situation, which he did. He had ONE purpose in 
his heart. That was the motivating factor of his 
unswerving determination. 

Isaiah had a vision among the darkness of sin of 
his people. His was a prophetic vision, but he 
could have easily let the darkness overcome it. He 
pled with them, "Wash you, make you clean..." "Come 
now, let us reason together." (Isaiah 1:16,18) 

Job's vision was darkened dramatically. God 
allowed Satan to destroy Job's things, but not Job 
himself. (1:12) So Job lost all things, was 
inflicted with painful boils, and was encouraged by 
his wife to curse God. 

Now, Job had three friends, Eliphaz, Bildad, and 
Zophar. They came to mourn with Job. And they sat 
there on the ground with him for seven days without 
speaking a word, for they saw that his grief was so 
great I Then, Job did curse the day that he was 
born. He spoke of darkness, and he questioned, 
"Why is light given to a man whose way is hid, and 
whom God hath hedged in?" (3:23) 

Job's three friends counsel him in Chapters 4-31* 
Yet, they fail in their mission of restoring Job. 
Why? Their "solutions" were oversimplified and 
therefore simply inadequate. To illustrate, listen 
to what Bildad offers: "If thou wouldest seek unto 
God betimes, and make thy supplication to the 
Almighty; if thou wert pure and upright; surely now 
He would awake for thee, and make the habitation of 
thy righteousness prosperous." (8:5,6) Simply pray 
and seek God. Job was asking, "Why should a 
righteous man suffer as I am?" He was hurt; he was 
complaining; and he "was righteous in his own eyes." 
Elihu's counsel that God can and does use suffering 
to purify the righteous was on the mark. 

Job ' s three friends offered superficial 
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the light, and Job saw it and discarded it. Too 
often we chop off the weed and it grows again; but 
if we carefully pull it up by its roots, then our 
problem is solved. 

Our vision is external and outward. We see 
fruits, trees, weeds, and grass. There is an 
internal vision that we need to sharpen. It sees 
through the external. It has sensitive and keen 
perception. It knows how to probe the deep roots, 
and carefully and gently pull them out. "Counsel 
in the heart of man is like deep water, but a man 
of understanding will draw it out." (Proverbs 20:5) 
Not just any man, but one with understanding: he 
is godly; he counsels with God and is full of the 
knowledge of God; he knows how to apply his 
knowledge; he is able to empathize; he has learned 
human relation skills and counselling skills; he 
knows how to "draw it out." 

Jesus Himself was a counselor, and I'm sure we 
could find many good examples of wise counselling 
in His life; in fact, His very name "shall be 
called. . .Counsellor. .. ,! (Isaiah 9:6) 

In conclusion, perhaps we need to re-examine our 
position on "higher education", that is, purposeful 
education. Let's not be so quick to judge by sight 
because that can and will add hurt to an already 
hurting person. A person can appear to be simply 
selfish, and we can advise to spend more time 
reading the Word and in prayer, but we are telling 
him to do something he most likely is already 
doing. We need to be considerate, careful, and 
kind. Ask yourself, why does this person seem 
selfish? Selfish is the surface, but dive into the 
"deep water" and you just might find some wreckage 
that needs to be "drawn out"; and the deeper the 
water, the darker it gets. 

"For thou wilt save the afflicted people; but 
wilt bring down high looks. For thou wilt light my 
candle: the Lord my God will enlighten my 
darkness." (Psalm 18:27,28) 



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"HE RESTORE™ MY SOUL" 

When I'm low in spirit I cry "Lord lift me up* 

I want to go higher with Thee." 
But the Lord knows I can't live on the mountain, 

So He picked out a valley for me. 

It's dark as a dungeon and the sun seldom shines, 
And I question "Lord, why must this be?" 

But He tells me there's strength in my sorrow, 
And there's victory in trials for me. 

He leads me beside still waters, 

Somewhere in the valley below; 
He draws me aside to be tested and tried, 

But in the valley HE RESTORETH MY SOUL. 

— Dottie Rambo 

— Ron Cable 

Goshen, Indiana 



UNCLE ERNEST'S MEDITATIONS 

LIFE OR DEATH 

In Matthew 25, Jesus gave His followers a 
description of the final Judgement Day, and we find 
It based on love and compassion we have for one 
another, and our being willing to share what we 
have with one another. When the believers asked 
John the Baptist what to do, he told them the same 
thing. So Jesus told us the things required of us, 
and let us not add our own commandments to it. 

ETERNAL LIFE 

I John 5:13: "These things have I written unto 
you that believe on the name of the Son of God ; 
that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and 
that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God." 



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So we see if we believe and doubt not, we can be 
sure we have eternal life. And we can have joy and 
peace in believing and obeying the Lord. 

SIGNS TO WAKE US UP 

In our life time we have seen many of the signs 
Jesus spoke of: wars, rumors of wars, earthquakes, 
distress of nations, etc. I Thessalonians 5:3: 
"For when they shall say, peace and safety; then 
sudden destruction cometh upon them as travail upon 
a woman with child; and they shall not escape." So 
I believe we should be awake and preparing to meet 
Him at His coming. Satan is still a strong power 
in the world. We find Satan was still trying to 
overthrow the work of Jesus, as he caused the 
disciples to question who would be the greatest in 
the Kingdom of Heaven. We see in the present effort 
of the nation for peace, the same spirit working, as 
to who will be greatest and have most authority. 
There can be no lasting peace till Jesus comes and 
Satan is bound. 

GOD'S WILL 

Hebrews 13:20,21: "Now the God of peace. . .make 
you perfect in every good work to do His will, 
working in you that which is well pleasing in His 
sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for 
ever and ever. Amen." So we see the Lord is 
working with each of us to make a body of members 
to do His will. As it is written, in Revelation 
3:19: "As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: 
be zealous therefore and repent." 

— Ernest Wagner 

BIRTHS 

MARTIN — A daughter, Katrine Hope, born October 
28, to Neil and Lois Martin of New Paris, Indiana. 

WRAY — A daughter, Melissa Ann, born November 7 to 
Arlan and Anna Marie Wray of Pomona, Kansas. 



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TRAITS OF THE SELF LIFE 

The following are some of the features and 
manifestations of the self-life. The Holy Spirit 
alone can interpret and apply this to your 
individual case. As you read, examine yourself in 
the very presence of God. Are you ever conscious 
of: 

A secret spirit of pride — an exalted feeling, in 
view of your success or position; because of your 
good training or appearance; because of your 
natural gifts and abilities. An important, 
independent spirit? 

Love of human praise ; a secret fondness to be 
noticed; love of supremacy, drawing attention to 
self in conversation; a swelling out of self when 
you have had a free time in speaking or praying? 

The stirrings of anger or impatience, which, 
worst of all, you call nervousness or holy 
indignation; a touchy, sensitive spirit; a 
disposition to resent and retaliate when 
disapproved of or contradicted; a desire to throw 
sharp, heated flings at another? 

Self-will; a stubborn, unteachable spirit; an 
arguing, talkative spirit; harsh, sarcastic 
expressions; an unyielding, headstrong disposition; 
a driving, commanding spirit; a disposition to 
criticise and pick flaws when set aside and 
unnoticed; a peevish, fretful spirit; a disposition 
that loves to be coaxed and humored? 

Carnal fear; a man-fearing spirit; a shrinking 
from reproach and duty; reasoning around your 
cross; a shrinking from doing your whole duty by 
those of wealth or position; a fearfulness that 
someone will offend and drive some prominent person 
away; a compromising spirit? 

A jealous disposition, a secret spirit of envy 
shut up in your heart; an unpleasant sensation in 
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a disposition to speak of the faults and failings, 
rather than the gifts and virtues of those more 
talented and appreciated than yourself? 

A dishonest, deceitful disposition; the evading 
and covering of the truth; the covering up of real 
faults; leaving a better impression of yourself 
than is strictly true; false humility; exaggeration; 
straining the truth? 

Unbelief; a spirit of discouragement in times of 
pressure and opposition; lack of quietness and 
confidence in God; lack of faith and trust in God; 
a dispositon to worry and complain in the midst of 
pain, poverty, or at the dispensations of Divine 
Providence; an overanxious feeling whether 
everything will come out all right? 

Formality and deadness; lack of concern for lost 
souls; dryness and indifference; lack of power with 
God? 

Selfishness; love of ease; love of money? 

These are some of the traits which generally 
indicate a carnal heart. By prayer, hold your 
heart open to the searchlight of God, until you see 
the groundwork thereof. "Search me, God, and 
know my heart: try me and know my thoughts: and 
see if there be any wicked way in me..." (Psalm 
139:23,24) 

The Holy Ghost will enable you, by confession 
and faith, to bring your "self life" to the death. 
Do not patch over, but go to the bottom. It alone 
will pay. 

Oh, to be saved from myself, dear Lord, 

Oh, to be lost in Thee; 
Oh, that it might be no more I, 

But Christ that lives in me. 

"Create in me a clean heart, God; and renew a 
right spirit within me." (Psalm 51:10) 

— E. E. Shelhamer 
A Herald Press Tract 



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Pfettxrical 



"BASIC OR GROUND SEARCHING QUESTIONS" PROPOSED 
TO ALEXANDER MACK AND HIS BRETHREN BY EBERHARD 
LOUIS GRUBER. (Continued) 

QUESTION 31: Are not those who have proved 
their rebirth by their lives before God and man to 
be considered rightfully as brethren, even though 
they have not been baptized? (See Matthew 12:49*50.) 

ANSWER: We indeed consider brethren all those 
who prove their rebirth by their lives before God 
and man. However, they will not oppose water 
baptism, but will let themselves be baptized upon 
their faith and inner motivation. Christ Himself 

considered only those His brethren who were His 
disciples, and who had been baptized. (See Matthew 
12:49,50 correctly.) 

QUESTION 32: Can you testify before the counte- 
nance of Jesus Christ, the omniscient Searcher of 
hearts and Judge of the living and the dead , that 
you yourselves have always been one heart and one 
soul? 

ANSWER: God does not require of us that we 
should be at this time in the perfection of one 
heart and one soul- We cannot say that we are 
completely one in spirit, but we must be one in 

purpose. That is, we must help one another until 
we all attain to the same faith and to that unity 
of fullness in faith of which Ephesians speaks. 
(4:11-13) No one can say that the church at 
Jerusalem was one heart and one soul in the state 
of perfection. In the beginning they were united 
in their discipleship of Christ with denial of 
everything worldly. That they were not one in 
understanding may be seen in Acts 15:5, etc. 

Those who' came from Jerusalem taught differently 
about circumcision than did the apostles. They had 
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therefore surprising that this perfect unity is 
demanded of us in these dreadful days, in which 
darkness and gloom cover all peoples. Indeed, 
those who boast of the inward baptism of the spirit 
are so disunited that they show only ignorance and 
discord even in the plain and clear commandments of 
water baptism, as well as in other fundamental 
points of faith. 

QUESTION 33: Do you regard your church as 
superior to those of all other Baptist-minded 
(Taufgesinnte) of these or previous times, and if 
so, in which way and why? 

ANSWER: It is true that we consider our church 
fellowship superior to these now-deteriorated 
Baptists (Hennonites) , with whom we are acquainted, 
and whom we know. The reason is that they have 
deteriorated in doctrine and life, and have strayed 
far from the doctrine and life of the old Baptists 
(Anabaptists). Many of them notice this and 
realize it themselves. We cannot answer concerning 
the previous Baptists, because we do not know them 
in life. We are completely agreed with them as far 
as their doctrine is concerned, which does not 
teach anything in contradiction to the gospel. 

QUESTION 34: What are your reasons for 
considering your newly established church, the 
practices of baptism, ban, etc., equal to those of 
the apostles, inasmuch as you can prove neither 
your divine calling, talents, nor results in your 
lives? 

ANSWER: We consider ourselves far inferior to 
and still unworthy in the matter of power of 
working miracles, as compared to the apostles. 
Concerning the doctrine and the intention, we must 
pray to God that He might make us resemble the 
intention of the apostles, yes, even His Son Jesus. 

— from European Origins of the Brethren 
by Donald Dumbaugh 



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BIBLE STUDY— ACTS 14 

The essence of the 14th chapter of Acts is best 
summed up in the 27th verse where it is recorded 
that God "had opened the door of faith unto the 
Gentiles. " Paul was on his first missionary 
journey at this time. At the start of this chapter 
he and Barnabas had just arrived at Iconium. 

Their stay at Iconium was a considerably long 
one (see verse 3)* There were many people, both 
Jews and Greeks, who believed. However, there were 
still those who didn't believe, especially of the 
Jews. These rose up against Paul and Barnabas to 
stone them. ( verse 5 ) As a result , Paul and 
Barnabas fled to Lystra. 

It was pointed out that what happened in Lystra 
shows the fickleness and instability of the human 
mind without the wisdom of God. After the Lord 
healed a lame man through Paul and Barnabas, the 
citizens of Lystra wanted to revere them as gods 
and make a sacrifice to them. (verses 12-18) 
Shortly after this, Jews from Iconium and . Antioch 
came and were so persuasive against Paul that the 
people stoned him. Paul miraculously survived the 
stoning and was even able to travel to Derbe with 
Barnabas the next day. 

Brother Lloyd mentioned that Timothy was a 
citizen of Lystra (Acts 16 :l) and wondered what 
effect these miracles had on his life. 

The remaining verses in the chapter (verses 
21-28) tell of Paul and Barnabas 1 return journey 
through Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch. On this 
return journey , they ordained elders in all of the 
churches. They also encouraged and confirmed the 
souls of the disciples in the various churches. 

And so God opened the door of faith to the 
Gentiles. We, like Paul and Barnabas, should be 
ready and willing to proclaim throughout our lives 
the Gospel to those who, like the Gentiles in this 
chapter, do not know God. 

— Eddie Wagner 



YOUTH PAGE: TRUE BEAUTY 

A beautiful sunrise 

Graces the sky 
With splendor unequalled by man; 

Likewise a sunset 

With deepening hue 
Tells us that night is at hand. 

The beauty around us 

We see all the time 
Is often left by the way, 

For we as mere mortals 

Too often forget 
Who makes the night and the day. 

God reminds us through nature 

Of His constant love 
That gives the rainbow its hue, 

That gives life to His creatures 

And warmth to the sun 
And freshens the morning with dew. 

He calls to us daily 

And wants us to see 
Beyond what we see with our eyes, 

To behold Him in faith 

With the Light of His Word 
In the Life of His Son Jesus Christ. 

For only in Jesus 

Is true beauty found 
True beauty that- won't pass away, 

And with Jesus beside us 

We'll see with new eyes 
The beauty He gives to each day. 

— Eddie Wagner 



CHILDREN'S PAGE: HAPPINESS ON THANKSGIVING MY 

Said Grandfather Gray, "On a Thanksgiving Day, 
If you want to be happy, give something away." 
So he gave a fat turkey to Shoemaker Price, 

And the shoemaker said, "What a fine bird I How nice! 
And since such a good dinner's before me, I ought 
To give Widow Lee the small chicken I bought." 
"This fine chicken I Oh, seel" said the pleased 

Widow Lee, 
"And the kindness that sent it — how precious to me I 
I would like to make someone as happy as I . 
I'll give Washwoman Biddy my big pumpkin pie." 
And, "Oh, sure I" Biddy said. "It's the queen of all 

pies; 
Just to look at its yellow face gladdens my eyes. 
Now it's my turn, I think, and a sweet ginger cake 
For the motherless Finnegan children I'll make." 
"A sweet cake all our ownl 'Tis too good to be 

true:" 
Said the Finnegan children — Rose, Benny, and Hugh — 
"It smells sweet of spice, and we'll carry a slice 
To little lame Jake, who has nothing that's nice." 
"Oh, I thank you and thank you," said little lame 

Jake. 
"What a beautiful, beautiful, beautiful cake! 
And, oh, such a big slice; I'll save all the crumbs 
And give some to each little sparrow that comes." 
And the sparrows, they twittered as if they would 

say 
Like Grandfather Gray, "On Thanksgiving Day, 
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VOL. 39 DECEMBER, 1992 No. 12 



"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." / peter 2.11 



THE STAR OF BETHLEHEM 

Have you heard of the wondrous story 

Of the Star that happy morn, 
Coming forth in all its glory 

When the Holy Child was born? 

How it shone o'er all the nations 
In those ancient, distant lands, 

Guiding wise men from their station 
To the Babe, o'er burning sands? 

How they brought their golden treasures 

To the One of royal birth, 
Who would bring good will unmeasured 

To all people on this earth? 

How this Beacon shine th ever, 
Children too may learn to know 

How to find this loving Saviour 
Through the light it doth bestow? 

— Levi Mumaw 

from Spiritual Songs and Hymns 



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PEACE ON EARTH 

Jesus made it "by the blood of his cross." The 
angels proclaimed it to the shepherds. Isaiah 
prophesied that it would have no end. The world 
longs for it but does not know how to obtain it. 
Jesus gave it to us and left it with us: Peace. 
Peace, perfect peace, 
In this dark world of sin; 
The blood of Jesus whispers peace within. 

Take a look at history. As we study the long 
life of man on earth, we read of one war after 
another. In 1815, Napoleon with 74,000 soldiers 
was defeated by an army of 67,000 from England and 
its allies. The fighting left 45,000 bodies of 
dead and wounded lying in a three-square mile area 
near Waterloo, Belgium. Here is only one example 
of many tragic battles in the experience of man. 

Pick up the newspaper. Crime, injustice, and 
conflict dominate the headlines. 

Look at the animal kingdom. Among many kinds 
there is competition and fighting for food, for 
mates, for territory. In a typical peaceful barn- 
yard scene, roosters fight; cows shove for the best 
place at the feeder; pigs make runts of the weak 
ones. Even the plants that give such a green beauty 
and seeming peace, are really in continual com- 
petition for sunlight, space, food, and water. The 
strong flourish; the weak are crowded out and die. 

Truly, real peace is rare. Yet the angels at 
Jesus' birth announced "Glory to God in the highest, 
and on earth peace, good will toward men." Jesus is 
given the title "Prince of Peace," and so it is to 
Him that we may go to find this great and desirable 
quality. 

Peace is the absence of conflict, but it is much 
more. When nations "make peace" they usually sign 



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a peace treaty. This lasts only until the next 
offence. It is not real peace. We must go to the 
source of peace to find it. Peace does not start 
with nations; it must start with God in people's 
hearts. We find it in the list of the fruits of 
the Holy Spirit. Peace is when we submit to God's 
peace in His Son Jesus Christ. It comes when we 
rest in Him and cease from our own works. The 
Sabbath was a beautiful symbol of this. It was not 
to be marred by labor, not to mention conflicts. 

The peace that was proclaimed at Jesus' birth 
was an offer to God. Man made conflict when they 
disobeyed in the garden. It didn't stop there. 
The enmity increased as generations came and went. 
Read the prophets' messages and see how God offered 
peace repeatedly but not on man's terms. Man must 
come to God's terms. The offer of peace and the 
means to obtain it were perfected when Jesus died 
on the cross and rose again. We may be so 
accustomed to hearing this, that we overlook its 
importance. There is no other way to find peace. 

When we have peace with God, a new story begins. 
It is like taking an old structure — not to remodel 
it, but to remove it and begin building again on a 
solid foundation. Our peace with God can be 
effective in making peace with those around us. 

Jesus told us that there would be more wars. 
Only when Jesus ' reign is complete can there be 
peace among nations. But people can become God's 
children and have His peace now. 

Isaiah prophesies of a time of peace. Perhaps 
it is figurative of the peaceful condition of the 
redeemed now. But it speaks of peace even in the 
animal kingdom. "The wolf also shall dwell with 
the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the 
kid; and the calf and the young lion and the 
fatling together; and a little child shall lead 
them..." (Isaiah 11:6-9) Perhaps the millenium of 
peace will fulfill this literally. 

Meanwhile, may we show peace and goodwill by 
proclaiming God's grace and peace in Jesus. — L.C. 



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THE MEANING OF THE MANGER (A Rod & Staff Tract) 

"And she brought forth her firstborn son, and 
wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a 
manger." (Luke 2:7) In a manger? A crude feeding 
trough in a stable? Would you delight in giving 
your newborn child such accomodations? No, and 
neither was that the general practice of the people 
of Palestine two thousand years ago. But when 
Jesus was born, there was no room in the inn. 

Why would an expectant mother be traveling? And 
why was there no vacancy in the inn? 

An imperial decree had demanded that the 
populace travel to the towns of their ancestors to 
be taxed. As a result, more than the usual number 
of people were traveling and the inns were filled. 

These events however, were not mere coincidence. 
The manger, the stable, the small town, parents 
from the common class, shepherds as the first 
guests — all of these were part of God's sovereign 
plan that Jesus should have a lowly humble birth. 

If Jesus had been merely the child of. common 
folks, His lowly entrance into the world would not 
be significant. But such was not the case; He was 
much more than a child of poor parents. He was the 
Son of God! Therefore, the manger introduced the 
Man whose life and death have altered the entire 
history of man. This Child was the Sovereign of 
the Universe! His birth represented the fulfill- 
ment of God's repeated promise to provide of 
Himself a Messiah, a Saviour for fallen humanity. 

How could God be revealed in human flesh? This 
is called the miracle of the incarnation. Certain 
aspects of it will ever remain a mystery and must 
be accepted by faith alone. Jesus had no earthly 
father. Instead, He was conceived by the Holy 
Ghost (God) and born of a virgin Mary. He was God 
and yet man. The manger was not the beginning of 
His existance as God, it only marked the beginning 
of His life on earth. 



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""" On that eventful night In Bethlehem, "God was 
manifest in the flesh." (I Timothy 3:16) Because 
Jesus was conceived of the Holy Ghost, He did not 
receive the sinful nature. Therefore, His blood 
could atone for man's sin. It was the only sinless 
blood. It was the only blood that could satisfy 
the requirements of God's holy justice and also 
make the provision His holy love desired. 

The manger is where the earthly, tangible side 
of this wondrous story became visible to man. 
Following His lowly birth, Jesus lived as the 
perfect God-man. At about thirty- three years of 
age, after three years of teaching and ministering, 
He was rejected and crucified. His blood was shed 
for the sins of all men — the atonement was 
complete. Three days after His death, He 
miraculously arose from the dead. During the next 
forty days, He was seen by many believers, and then 
ascended into heaven. Someday He will return to 
earth as Lord of lords and King of kings; it may be 
soon. 

All the details mentioned earlier that made the 
birth of Christ so humble help to convey the scope 
of His mission to humanity. No one, however lowly, 
is excluded from the provision of salvation made 
possible by His incarnation and sacrificial death. 
Furthermore, no merit is needed. No academic 
degree, no social status, no financial means can 
make one worthy to be a recipient of salvation. 
From the loftiest king to the lowliest laborer, 
each one must come in penitence and submit himself 
to the lordship of Jesus to be a recipient of 
salvation. 

The silent night, the lowly stable, the cattle, 
and the Babe in the manger provide a rustic setting 
that continues to appeal to human sentiments. As a 
result, manger scenes accent front lawns, occupy 
windowsills, and adorn church properties at 
Christmastime. People crowd into churches to see 
plays of that sacred scene. Is this the worship 
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the manger. 

How can God be pleased when Jesus, His eternal 
Son, is confined to infancy and is worshiped as 
only a baby? How can He be pleased when that 
sacred event is reconstructed as a display, 
idolized for several weeks, and then put back into 
the closet until the next December? 

Certainly, we rejoice in the miracle of the 
incarnation and in the provision of a Saviour itfho 
came as a baby. But let us not idolize the details 
of the manger. God wants us to worship Jesus as 
Saviour, as Lord, and as King. 

As important and necessary as the humble birth 
was, it was only the prelude to the real purpose 
for Christ's coming to earth. All the events of 
His earthly life lead to Calvary. The baby in the 
manger became the Christ on the cross. Have you 
met Him there? 

How do you really view Christ? Do you see Him 
as a helpless baby in the manger, or as the 
Authority to whom you must some day give an account 
for the way you live? The manger should always 
remind us that there was no room for Him in the 
inn. But have you made room in your life for the 
Christ of Calvary? Is He the Saviour of your 

soul? Have you surrendered to Him as Lord of your 
life? 

If you have knelt at the foot of the cross and 
received the despised and rejected Christ as your 
Saviour and Lord, then you have experienced the God- 
intended meaning of the manger. 

follow the Babe from the manger; 

Climb Calvary's hill to the cross. 
Surrender in humble contrition; 

Be saved from sin's ruin and loss. 

A manger Christ occupied one time; 

A throne He now dwells in for aye* 
Be ready to meet Him in Judgement; 

He's comming just soon — any day I 
-~J. Scott Martin 



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UNCLE ERNEST'S MEDITATIONS: THE LORD'S WAY 
In the book of Job , we find the Lord ' s way to 
help a person to receive understanding is different 
from man's way. Job, and his friends were each 
strong in their belief in God. But after sitting a 
number of days and not talking, they no doubt had 
reached a decision, like Peter did, that God would 
not allow an innocent person to be afflicted, and 
thought if Job would confess, he would recover. 
Then Elihu reproved all for trying to judge one 
another without an answer to their problem. Jesus 
learned obedience by the things which He suffered. 
So we see the Lord exercises this way to help us to 
follow their example. We cannot blame God when 
things happen to change our life style and cause us 
to adjust to a different life. 

REGULATIONS 

Col 2:20-22: "...Why, as though living in the 
world, are ye subject to ordinances, (Touch not; 
taste not; handle not; Which all are to perish with 
the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of 
men?" While I believe members should admonish one 
another on things that may distract our attention 
away from serving the Lord, yet we must not 
consider our regulations equal to the ones the Lord 
gives in His Word. "Let all your things be done 
with charity." (I Cor. 16:14) 

THE LORD'S PLEASURE 

Revelation 4:11: "Thou art worthy, Lord, to 
receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast 
created all things, and for Thy pleasure they are 
and were created." So we see this vast creation 
was created for the Lord God to have pleasure in 
through all eternity, and He wants us to share it 
with Him. He will bring it to pass if we accept 
His offer. 



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WHIRLWIND OP IDEAS 

Romans 1:22,23: "Professing themselves to be 
wise they became fools, and changed the glory of 
the uncorruptible God into an image made like to 
corruptible man, and to birds, and four-footed 
beasts, and creeping things." So we see men have 
changed their belief in God and have tried to give 
themselves the praise by evolution and their own 
works throwing off the subjection to God's laws and 
have reaped a confusing whirlwind- Psalm 2:1: 
"Why do the heathen rage and the people imagine a 
vain thing. The kings of the earth set themselves, 
and the rulers take counsel together, against the 
Lord, and against His anointed, saying, Let us 
break their bands asunder, and cast away their 
cords from us. " So we see what a whirlwind of 
ideas arise when people try to forget God, and lead 
themselves. 

— Ernest Wagner 



"...NOT OF THE WORLD" 

With all the activity in relation to the recent 
elections, it comes to mind how we as Christians 
are not to involve ourselves with the political 
systems of this world. 

One of the many things I appreciate about our 
Old Brethren Church is the teaching we get on this 
Biblical principle: that we as believers are first 
and foremost members of God's Kingdom. 

Let us endeavor to regain our identity as "plain 
people" with a "plain look." May we understand 
that the worldly kingdom has nothing to offer us. 
We should not be identified with it. 

— Ernie Langenbach 
Mishawaka, Indiana 



PILGRIM INDEX -1992 

ARTICLES 

Acts 6:15 -R.Martin Jan 

And Peter Followed Afar Off -Ron Cable Apr 

A Thankful Heart -L.C. Nov 

Bearing Fruit -Kenneth Martin Apr May/Jun Jul Aug 

Sep Oct Dec 
Be Thou Faithful Unto Death -L.C. Feb 

Define Your Terms -L.C. Aug 

Diseased And Detached -Sel. by Everett Oyler Sep 
Do I Have Faith? -Thomas Royer Mar 

Exercising Authority In A Profitable Way 

-Eby Burkholder Sel. by Herman Royer Aug 
Financial Integrity -James Beery Mar 

Friends -Mary Lavy Jul 

God's Power -L.C. May/Jun 

Have Thou Nothing To Do With That Just Man -L.C. Apr 
Heart Devotion - Outward Display -L.C. Jul 

He Being Dead Yet Speaketh -L.C. Oct 

How Slaves Were Treated In The New Testament-Sel Jan 
Jealousy -James Beery Aug 

Know The Time -L.C. j an 

Not Of The World -Ernie Langenbach Dec 

Our Good And Faithful Servant The Bee One Accord Jan 
Peace On Earth -L.C. Dec 

Responsibilities For Women -Betty Beery May/Jun 
Take Heed To The Doctrine -Joseph Wagner Oct 
Thank-Full -James Hite Nov 

That In Me Ye Might Have Peace -L.C. Sep 

The Big Picture -Lloyd Wagner Feb 

The Darkness Of Vision -Ron Cable Nov 

The Empty Tomb— Victory -Alvin Wray May/Jun 
The Holy Kiss -Harold Royer Aug 

The Meaning Of The Manger -J.Scott Martin 

Rod & Staff Tract Dec 
Traits Of The Self Life -E.Shelhamer 

Herald Press Tract Nov 
Traps -L.C. Mar 

Vessels Of Honor -Joseph Wagner Jul 



POEMS 

Answered Prayer -Mary Harrington 

Sel. by Bessie Huffman Mar 

Be Thou Faithful -L.C. Feb 
Break Up Your Fallow Ground -Anna (Cover) Bither Jan 

Doubt Sees The Obstacles -Selected Oct 

Faith And Sight -James Beery Sep 
Golden Harps Are Sounding-Fances R. Havergal May/Jun 

Growing Older -R. G. Wells Feb 

Have Nothing To Do With That Just Man -L.C. Apr 
He Restore th My Soul -D Rambo Sel. by Ron Cable Nov 

If Only They'd Known -Benjamin Cover Jul 

I Will Meet You In The Morning -I. G. Martin Apr 
Leading Lambs Astray 

-Sel. by Melvin and Marilyn Coning Oct 

Leave It All IN Jesus' Hand -Selected Jan 

Let Me Forget -Sel. by Bertie Baker Dec 

Loneliness -Sel. by Nancy Oyler Jan 

Love Each Other -William J. Henry Feb 

My Children Follow Me -Elizabeth Royer Jul 

Peace Perfect Peace -Edward Bickers teth Sep 

Pharisee Or You Or Me -L.C. Jul 

Prayer -Sel. by Susan Coning Aug 

Resurrection Power -James Beery Jul 

See A Bargain -James Beery Mar 

Six Good Doctors -Selected Jan 

Thanks To God -August Ludvig Storm Nov 

The Pain Of Parting -Selected Aug 

The Star Of Bethlehem -Levi Mumaw Dec 
The Working Mother 

-Mary Hursch Sel. by Herman Royer Dec 

The Unveiled Christ -N. B. Herrell Apr 
This Year -Johann Rist Sel. by Murray Brillinger Jan 

Tomorrow -Selected Oct 

Traps -L.C. Mar 

Upon Thy Word I Rest -Frances R. Havergal Feb 
Wilt Thou Follow Me? from Poems For Memorization Oct 

HISTORICALS 
Ground Searching Questions (Gruber to Mack) 

Jan Feb Mar Apr Sep Oct Nov 



UNCLE ERNEST'S MEDITATIONS 

Learning Obedience, Going Blind, Two Baptisms, 

Natural Against Spiritual, What Is Good Jan 

Pear God, Love--Not Envy, Covetousness Feb 

Our Hope, Money Mar 
Sons And Daughters, Satan's Temptations, 

Examples For Us, Baptism Of Fire Apr 
Angels: Ministering Spirits, Carnal Power, 

Our First Love, Man's Weakness May/Jun 

Perilous Times, Our Hard Hearts, Our Lives, 

Chastisement Jul 

Tomorrow, Listening Aug 

Love Of God, Guiding Ourselves, God's Plan Sep 
Where Is Our Faith?, Self Confidence — Evolution, 

First Love, Neither Poverty Nor Riches Oct 
Life Or Death, Eternal Life, God's Will, 

Signs To Wake Us Up, Nov 
The Lord's Way, Whirlwind Of Ideas, 

The Lord's Pleasure, Regulations, Dec 

ZOUTH PAGE 

Settle It -l.C. Jan 
Permissible Isn't Always Upbuilding 

from One Ano the ring Sel. by Martha Cover Feb 

Luke Warmness -Martha Wagner Mar 

Better Than Gold -Sarah Cover Apr 

Christ's Inviting Call -Miriam Beery Jul 

Gifts -Rhoda Cover Aug 

Missing The Mark -Sel. From Pulpit Helps Oct 

True Beauty -Eddie Wagner Nov 

Commitment -Larry Cable Dec 



BAPTISMS 






Joseph Cover 


Jul 


26 


Andrew Martin 


Aug 


2 


Allen Hilty 


Aug 


16 


Stephen Royer 


Aug 


23 



CHILDREN'S PAGE 



We Can All Win -Everett Oyler 

Keep Good Company 

We Cannot Hide 

A Still Small Voice 

Let's Help Our Mothers 

Love In Action 

Life Is Like A Garden 

Watching The Gold Finch -Nancy Oyler 

Who Is My Neighbor -Everett Oyler 

Happiness On Thanksgiving Day 

from Poems For Memorization 
Great Is Your Reward -Everett Oyler 



Jan 

Feb 
Mar 
Apr 

May/Jun 
Jul 
Aug 
Sep 
Oct 

Nov 
Dec 



BIRTHS 



Judith Edna Martin 


Dec 31 


Sophia June Royer 


Apr 29 


Esther Grace Taylor 


May 29 


Alexa Dawn Oberholzer 


Jun 7 


Jillian Dell Walker 


Jul 29 


Ellie Catherine Bowman 


Aug 12 


Kaylin Rose Royer 


Aug 20 


Katrine Hope Martin 


Oct 28 


Melissa Anne Wray 


Nov 7 


OBITUARIES 




Cecil John Buffam 


Nov 11 


Raymond Everett Wrightsman 


Dec 28 


Eunice Estella Buffam 


Feb 2 


Raymond Philip Garber 


Feb 15 


Edna May Baker 


Apr 1 


Deana Sue Flory 


May 29 


Shane Dean Flory 


May 29 


Alice Elizabeth Skiles 


Aug 15 


Ernest Paul Wagner 


Sep 29 


Bertie Baker 


Nov 23 


MARRIAGE 





Arlan Wray & Anna Marie Wagner 



Jan 11 







BIBLE STUDY 




Acts 


5 


-Peter Cover 


Jan 


Acts 


6 


ti 


Feb 


Acts 


7 


ti 


Mar 


Acts 


8 


tt 


Apr 


Acts 


9 


-Edward Wagner 


May/Jun 


Ac ts 


10 


-Peter Cover 


Jul 


Acts 


11 


-Edward Wagner 


Sep 


Acts 


12 


-Peter Cover 


Sep 


Acts 


13 


-Ben Cover 


Oct 


Acts 


14 


-ifidward Wagner 


Nov 


Acts 


15 


ti 


Dec 



BEARING FRUIT by Kenneth Martin 

Attached to the Vine Apr 

Doing God's Will May/Jun 

Fruit That Honors God Jul 

Agape Love Aug 

Kindness Sep 

Joy Oc t 

Peace Dec 

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supplies our mailing labels. May God bless each 
one for the coming year. — Leslie and Martha Cover 



10 THE PILGRIM 

OBITUARY 

Our dear little Aunt Bertie Baker was born on 
January 18, 1899, to Jesse and Sophia (Smith) 
Baker, in the family home where she lived her 
entire life. She shared this home with five 
generations of Baker ' s during her long time here . 
Little children liked being in Aunt Bertie's part. 

Aunt Bertie walked to Concord Public School with 
her eldest brother for her school years. After 
that she assisted her Mother who depended on her 
for maintaining the ambitious program of a rural 
farm just emerging from pioneer days. There was 
milking, and carefully making butter, cheeses and 
bread, quilts and rugs, and diligently preserving 
and sharing the food from the garden and farm. Her 
service to others was performed to her last days. 

Ve are grateful for this rare example we have 
had with us of moderation in all things, frugality, 
and care, her contentment in her lonely days from 
reading God's Word. In June, 1925, she accepted 
the Lord as her Saviour and was baptized and had a 
close walk with Him the remainder of her life as a 
member of the Old Brethren Church* She had a 
sincere love for the simple Christian life style 
that she had been taught and wished more would find 
the plain way of true holiness in obedience to God. 

God graciously granted her wish to live her last 
days in her own home among her own family. She 
slipped away peacefully to her Maker November 23, 
1992, to join her parents and two of her brothers, 
Isaac and Annie, and Abraham and Ina Baker, and 
sister-in-law Edna Baker. Her youngest brother, 
Amos Baker, is left, plus eight nephews and nieces 
and many great and great greats. 

What shall I render unto the Lord for all His 
benefits? 

Funeral services were held on November 26, 1992, 
at her home and at the Baker Cober Church with 
Elders Leslie Cover, Melvin Coning, and Kenneth 
Martin officiating. Burial was in the adjoining 
cemetery. — The Family 



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LET ME FORGET 

Let me forget life's little stings 
And think of better, sweeter things. 
Let me forget the unkind word 
That someone spoke when he was stirred. 
Let me forget, Lord, forget 
Unpleasant happenings I have met, 
And then look up and give Thee praise 
For happy hours and pleasant days. 

Let me forget the unkind blow 

That someone dealt me years ago; 

Or yesterday, perhaps today, 

While I was going on my way; 

And help me, Lord, forget the deed 

And for his welfare plead and plead, 

Lest he should fail to count the cost, 

Then die and be forever lost. 

Let me forget my own mistakes 

That every human being makes; 

Let me forget my failures past 

And reach life's highest goal at last; 

Let me, Lord, forget, forget, 

Whatever causes sad regret, 

And know that Christ forgives us all 

When we on Him most humbly call. 

— Selected by Bertie Baker 

and read at her funeral. 



Pass me not, tender Savior, 
Let me love and cling to Thee; 
I am longing for Thy favor; 
Whilst Thou'rt calling, call me. 

— Elizabeth Codner 



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THE WORKING MOTHER 

Poor mother, caught in the rush and din 
Of a busy world of care and sin, 

Taking a job to pay the bills 

And her own ambitions to fulfill. 

Poor little mother; she does not know 
The joys of watching her children grow. 
The baby sitter's the one who hears 
Their childish joys, and wipes their tears. 

Robbing herself of the joys that fill 
The heart resigned to the Father's will, 

She slaves each day for the temporal things 
That soon shall fly away on wings. 

No baby sitter the void can fill 
That, according to the Father's will, 

Should be filled with Mother's love and care, 
When, alas, dear Mother is not there. 

With television and toys and such 
To take the place of Mother's touch; 

There is none their wayward feet to guide; 

There is none in whom they can confide. 

Is it any wonder that young folks turn 
To drink and drugs, when they deeply yearn 
For love; and many take their life, 
And the world is filled with fear and strife? 

Where are the mothers willing to fill 
Their place at home in the Father's will, 
To guide with love and the chastening rod 
Their children's feet in the ways of God? 

The world may pity the one who stays 
At home with her children every day, 

With bottles and diapers and sticky kisses; 

The best in life, they think, she misses. 



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I pity the mother who does not know 

The joys our Father does bestow 

On those who choose to remain unknown, 
Willing to just be "keepers at home*" 

God bless the mothers who gave their lives 
To fit their little ones for the skies, 

And may they find, as they take God's way, 
The joys He has for those who obey. 



—Mary Hursh, "Light of Life 1 
selected by Herman Royer 



BEARING FRUIT 

The fruit bearing of peace is not an option, but 
a requirement. Peace is what all men desire. The 
world has pursued peace (by force) for nearly 6000 
years, and has made no progress in attaining it. 

Nearly 2000 years ago there was a new approach 
to peace making — the "Prince of Peace" was born, 
showing us the way. The powers of this world were 
unable to overcome Him — proving Him to be the true 
source of peace. 

It was for all men. At His birth the angels 
sang, "On earth peace, good will toward men." 

We are commanded to "follow peace with all men 
and holiness without which no man shall see the 
Lord." 

A proof of peace is that it will produce its own 
kind. "And all thy children shall be taught of the 
Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children." 
(Isaiah 54:13) 

The peace of God will keep us from offence. 
"Great peace have they which love thy law: and 
nothing shall offend them." (Psalm 119:165) 

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be 
called the children of God." (Matthew 5:9) 

This peace is what I covet for myself and all 
men. — Kenneth Martin 



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BIBLE STUDY—ACTS 15 

Acts 15 contains one of the most significant 
events of the early church. In this chapter we see 
how the church dealt with an issue that, left un- 
resolved, could very well have resulted in division 
and great loss. We are also reminded of how 
conflicts on a more personal level can occur even 
among Christians. 

As Paul and Barnabas were staying in Antioch, 
some men from Judea came and began to teach that 
circumcision was essential to salvation. Paul and 

Barnabas strongly opposed them. Eventually the 
decision was made to travel to Jerusalem where the 
rest of the apostles and elders could be consulted 
on the matter. Perhaps Paul and Barnabas wanted 
the whole church to be agreed on the issue so that 
further strife and division could be prevented. 

At Jerusalem Peter made a very forceful 
statement about how God made no difference between 
the Jews and the Gentiles (v. 9) but that both are 
saved through the grace of Jesus Christ* James 
then suggested that the apostles and elders write 
to the Gentile believers and include such 
requirements as they thought neccesary for holy 
living. (See v. 20, v. 29.) This proposal was 
adopted, and the letter was written. 

After thi s , Paul and Barnabas , along wi th Judas 
and Silas, delivered the letter and its message to 
the church in Antioch. 

Soon after this, Paul and Barnabas had a dispute 
over whether to take Mark with them on their journey 
to re-visit the churches. Barnabas eventually 
separated from Paul, taking Mark to Cyprus while 
Paul and Silas went to Syria and Cilicia. In spite 
of this dispute, however, Paul later wrote that Mark 
was profitable to him in his ministry. (II Tim 4:ll) 

This chapter contains two conflicts— one that 
involved the whole church and one that involved just 
two people. In each we see an example of how God 
can work to bring unity and restoration not only in 
the Church but in our personal lives as well. 

— Eddie Wagner 



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FOR YOUTH: COMMITMENT 

We make commitments quite often — maybe several 
times a day. They may be small ones that take only 
a few minutes or hours to fulfill. It may be 
running an errand, relaying a message, or agreeing 
bo do some job around the house. Small commitments 
are important also because, after all, we want 
someone who is dependable in the small things as 
well as the more important ones. 

Then there are the bigger commitments — like a 
job that you agree to do for your employer, which 
may last for many years. Marriage is a commitment 
for life. The greatest commitment of all is to 
accept the way of salvation and serve the Lord. 
"Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall 
give thee the desires of thine heart* Commit thy 
way unto the Lord; trust also is him; and he shall 
bring it to pass." (Psalm 37:4-5) 

When we make an earnest commitment, we are 
careful to do our best, but if it is halfhearted, 
we will soon forget and fail. Jesus said, "If ye 
continue in my word, then are ye my disciples 
indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth 
shall make you free." (John 8:31-32) 

Abraham is a good example of commitment. The 
Lord said, "For I know him, that he will command 
his children and his household after him, and they 
shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and 
judgement; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham 
that which he hath spoken of him." (Genesis 18:19) 

Jesus is our perfect example of commitment, and 
there are many others who committed their lives 
wholeheartedly to God. They were the ones whom He 
could count on even when the road became rough. 
They were ready to serve when the Lord wanted them. 
Are you ready? 

Larry Cable 
Goshen, Indiana 



CHILDREN'S PAGE: GREAT IS YOUR REWARD 

One time Paul and Silas were beaten for doing 
good- After they were beaten they were cast into 
prison. The jailor was commanded to not let them 
escape. Their feet were tied so they couldn't 
move. At midnight Paul and Silas prayed and sang 
praises unto the Lord. They weren't quiet, because 
the other prisoners heard them. Surely this made 
the others feel better also. Can't you imagine 
Paul and Silas sitting with their feet tied, blood 
running down their backs from the beating , singing 
and praising God? 

Suddenly the earth began to shake. The prison 
shook so much all the doors came open. The chains 
fell off everyone that was tied. When the keeper 
awoke from his sleep, he saw the doors open. He 
thought the prisoners had escaped. He took his 
sword and was going to kill himself. Paul saw what 
was happening and cried with a loud voice, "Do not 
hurt yourself. We are all here." The keeper got a 
light and fell before Paul and Silas asking what he 
could do to be saved. Never before had he seen 
such behavior. Usually men are so hard-hearted 
they would do anything to escape. Paul and Silas 
singing — now the doors open, and no one had 
escaped. The keeper knew that Paul and Silas had 
something he needed. Paul told him to believe on 
the Lord Jesus Christ. That night the keeper and 
his household were baptized. 

The next time you are accused of doing something 
you really didn't do, be good children and be 
happy. Jesus says when we suffer for doing good, 
we will receive a great gift* —Everett Oyler 
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